Hale and Mary is a relatively new sports bar with an American influence. We were drawn to menu items like "Memphis style smokey BBQ ribs" and "Baked smore".
The first time we tried to go was for dinner on a Friday night. We tried booking a table that day but they told us they didn't take bookings. When we rocked up, the place was packed and it would be a 45 minute wait for a table. So we went to Me and Mrs Jones instead.
The second time we tried to go was for lunch on a Sunday. The wrestling was on and the bar was full of men yelling at the TVs. So we went to Saffron instead.
The third time we tried to go, was for Saturday breakfast and the place was almost empty. Perfect.
The first thing I noticed was that pretty much all the tables (except one large table at the back) were high tables with stools. I don't find this seating particularly comfortable so chose the ones by the window that had a back on the chair.
The breakfast options are available 7am - 12pm Saturday and Sunday.
I ordered the Fisherman's breakfast ($22) - Flaked pieces of freshly smoked trout serviced with corn salsa and rocket on a crusty bread (of your choice), topped with a poached egg and creme fraiche.
This dish was very disappointing. I don't remember being asked for my choice of bread. Hidden under the poached eggs, there was only a sprinkling of smoked trout on the one piece of bread. Perhaps the fisherman didn't have a good catch today. The flavours were good but it was basically eggs on toast with corn salsa and rocket. I would not come back and pay $22 for this dish again, especially as I wasn't full afterwards and Aaron kindly gave me some of his breakfast.
Aaron ordered the Hale + Mary's Big Breakfast ($26) - Eggs your way, house smoked maple bacon, chipolatas, haloumi, spinach, roasted tomatoes and mushrooms served with crusty bread (of your choice). This dish was more satisfying. The bacon tasted good and so did the chipolatas. However, the haloumi was the standout item on the dish.
I might come back for the ribs, but I certainly won't be recommending anyone the Fisherman's breakfast.
Value for money: 1/5