Unparalleled and unforgettable, Meet Me at Mary’s is the Geelong gem uplifting the dining scene

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Unparalleled and unforgettable, Meet Me at Mary’s is the Geelong gem uplifting the dining scene

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Dive into the unmissable culinary journey curated by the expert hands of Executive Chef Anthony Hammel and Head Chef Jing Wei Wong, blending Eastern and Western influences.

Nestled on Pakington Street in Geelong West, the revitalised dining haven, Meet Me at Mary’s, is spearheading a revolution in unparalleled and thrilling dining experiences in the region.

What was once an industrial warehouse has undergone a stunning metamorphosis into a contemporary dining oasis under the visionary touch of owner and designer Donna Flanders. Retaining the inherent charm of its concrete floors, lofty ceilings, and brick walls, the venue now boasts a captivating blue-tiled bar as its centerpiece, weaving a visual tapestry that contrasts with the inviting tan booths lining the walls. Since its inception back in 2021, transforming its predecessor Zigfrids, Mary’s has been a go-to spot for weddings, private functions, and, of course, unparalleled dining experiences.

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The heart of this transformation beats in the hands of the culinary dream team – Executive Chef Anthony Hammel and Head Chef Jing Wei Wong. Together, they’ve curated a menu that’s nothing short of extraordinary, a symphony of flavours that is best experienced through Mary’s ‘Feed Me’ Banquet Menu.

This culinary journey seamlessly blends Eastern and Western influences, celebrating the bounty of each season’s freshest produce with an array of shareable small and large dishes. It’s also a perfect options for those overwhelmed by choice, with the chefs taking the reins, promising a curated culinary journey that explores the diverse offerings from Mary’s kitchen, with or without a dessert finale.


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Jing Wei Wong, drawing inspiration from his Malaysian heritage and global escapades, infuses a modern twist into traditional dishes without sacrificing the beloved flavours and textures. Under the adept guidance of Anthony Hammel, a culinary virtuoso with a storied career at renowned establishments like Lake House, Press Club, and Ran Pei Modern, the culinary innovation reaches new heights.

Hammel’s expertise extends globally, with a stint as Executive Chef at Hue in Hong Kong, China, and collaborations with culinary maestro Matt Germanchis at Lorne hotel, now channelled into shaping the culinary philosophy of both Mary’s and its sibling, The Arborist.

So, what kind of food can you expect to see? Snacks and starters include mouth-watering delights like natural Oysters, Potato Croquette, Anchovy Toast with Peanut and Sambal, and Tofu & Mushroom Dumplings with Black Vinegar. There’s also chicken satay skewers, prawn wontons, and of course the crowd favourite, haloumi with goji berry, Saffron, sesame and almond.

Large plates further showcase the artistry of the kitchen with offerings like Spiced Cauliflower, Barramundi Bakar with Peanut and Anchovy Crumb, and the monumental Bird Rock Rib-Eye ‘Char Siew’, served with cucumber. Designed to be shared amongst loved ones, we also recommend the Mongolian lamb shoulder, or the half chicken with Chinese master stock.

Accompanying the feast are delectable sides such as Fried Spuds with Furikake and Aioli, wholesome broccolini with toasted garlic, and a vibrant Cos Salad with Sesame Dressing.


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The culinary spectacle is further enhanced (yes, believe it or not, it gets even better) by an enticing dessert menu featuring Coconut Sorbet with Yoghurt Cream, White Chocolate Ganache, and Passionfruit, and the irresistible Hoji Misu. To cap off the feast, patrons can explore an array of cheeses and liquid desserts, ensuring a sweet ending to the gastronomic sojourn. You bet we’re going for the Limoncello.

Because great food deserves great drinks, front of house manager Shae Ryan has meticulously curated a drinks list that seamlessly complements the culinary artistry on display. The selection boasts local and international wines, beers, classic cocktails, and handcrafted twists on the classics.

As you peruse the drink menu, options abound – from frothy craft beers to an impressive array of wines by the glass and bottle. You’ll find both Aussie wines with a few unexpected drops from other corners of the world. Much like sister venue The Arborist, the venue shines with its impressive collection of cocktails. Classics like Espresso Martini and Negroni share the spotlight with inventive concoctions such as Melon Fizz and Little Lady Marmalade. For the teetotalers, the mocktails promise a refreshing journey of their own.


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As Mary’s redefines its culinary narrative, patrons can immerse themselves in this truly exciting culinary destination, a celebration of tradition, innovation, and the art of shared dining. Mary’s isn’t just earning a reputation for its well-executed food; but capturing the essence of a culinary revolution with its extraordinarily attentive service and a warm, classic feel.

Mary’s is open for dinner from 5 pm on Wednesdays to Saturdays, with lunch available from 12 pm on Fridays to Sundays. Whether you’re seeking an intimate dinner, a celebratory feast, or a casual lunch, Meet Me at Mary’s stands ready to curate an unforgettable dining experience.

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