Address: 6 Mary Street, Newtown
Opening hours: Monday- Saturday 4pm to 12am, Sunday 12pm-10pm
When someone asks me for a recommendation for a good burger place in Sydney, my answer is always the same. Undoubtedly, Mary’s. Since opening in 2013, Mary’s has since developed a cult following for its American style burgers and perfectly fried chicken.
I visited Mary’s for the first time in March 2014, and since then I have been converted. Burgers at Grill’d just won’t satisfy me anymore. Craving their mouthwatering burgers again, I paid another visit to Mary’s recently, on a Sunday afternoon. For first-timers, Mary’s can be a little difficult to find, as it’s basically a door in the wall on Mary Street in Newtown. S and I came in a little after 3pm and were seated immediately. We took seats in the upstairs area. It was rather busy with diners both upstairs and downstairs, but we received table service shortly after taking our seats.
The waiter informed us that at that time the kitchen was currently closed and would reopen at 4pm. The wait didn’t matter to us, but we were confused as we saw the people at the table next to us receive their food after the waiter had said this. Either they had a long wait for their food, or the kitchen only closed for an hour or half an hour. We got drinks and waited in the meantime. We were particularly hungry, so as soon as it was 4pm we flagged down a waitress and placed our orders. It took us about 10 minutes to get the attention of one of the waitstaff, but this was reasonable as it was particularly busy that day. The service is friendly and casual, although it can be hard to get the attention of waitstaff on busy days.
S and I both ordered the Cheeseburger ($14) and decided to share the Truffle Mash ($5). Our food arrived about 20-30 minutes after we’d placed our orders.
All the burgers at Mary’s are served with fries on the side. It’s been said before, but if I had to describe the fries at Mary’s, I would say they taste almost identical to Mcdonald’s fries. Thin, slightly crispy and lightly salted, they are extremely satisfying.
S and I both had the cheeseburger, served on a soft milkbun, with tomato and cheese. The beef was soft and full of flavour, accentuated by the tomato and creamy melted cheese. Ever since my first visit, Mary’s has been my favourite place to go to for burgers, and I won’t eat burgers elsewhere in Sydney anymore.
The Truffle Mash at Mary’s is seasonal and as it is only available for a limited time, S and I were extremely pleased to be able to try it that day. The humble potato and gravy was infused with the undeniable scent of truffles. On my first trip to Mary’s, I already enjoyed the mashed potato, but the shavings of black truffle make it infinitely better. The mash was slightly lumpy, while the gravy was thick and flavoursome. The shavings of black truffle added depth to the mashed potato. It was pretty much an orgasmic experience.
Since S and I arrived mid afternoon on a Sunday, we had no trouble in getting a table straight away. However, Mary’s is notorious for its long lines and waiting times, so I’d recommend coming in as early as possible to secure a table. The loud music and dimly lit atmosphere is intimate and ultra cool.