Planning a special occasion? Want a venue where you can eat like a King then party like a Queen (without having to trek across town in this weather)? Read on….
Why? Mary Janes bar and restaurant has managed to combine a lively bar and club experience with fine dining. The luxuriously decorated, grand interior manages to look chic with an old-fashioned feel thanks to its chandeliers upstairs and club lights and dance floor downstairs. The upstairs area seemed to be where most of the dining happened; it had a full view of the bar downstairs thanks to a grand staircase in the middle of the room and the DJ area was positioned upstairs also – kind of reminding me of a box in a theatre, looking down upon the action.
Mary Janes hosts karaoke from a karaoke booth, and every Thursday night is Guilty Pleasures night where guests can sing and dance to pop music and forgotten gems. Celebrities who have enjoyed the Mary Janes experience include Joey Essex and Danny Dyer.
Where? 124- 127 Minories, London, EC3N 1NT. Nearest tube: Tower Hill. Mary Janes is located on the lively street of Minories, which is the centre of a popular nightlife district lined with bars and restaurants.
What to eat? The restaurant and bar has a specific evening menu served from 5pm that is comprised primarily of handmade burgers made using locally sourced beef from Allens of Mayfair. All but one of the burgers are below £10 – which is incredible value for how mahoosive the burgers are when they’re delivered to your table! There is a specials menu available too and sharing platters for larger groups of diners. I tried ‘The Jerk’ (which sounds a bit odd out of context!) which is chicken breast topped with Jamaican jerk seasoning, yogurt and jerk gravy. It was an enjoyable taste of the Caribbean but quite hot and spicy. The crunchy gherkins and sweet beef tomato added an extra juicy flavour that complemented the spicy jerk beef seasoning deliciously. I also had a side of fries shared between two, which came in a cute basket that looks like a chip frying basket.
I’d recommend The Jerk and also The Squealer burger was a flavoursome treat. For dessert there was a naughty option of Dunkin’ Donuts – which went down well.
What to drink? Mary Janes has a large menu of beer, real ales and a London Gins list- littered with quirky surprises, like pages of magic trick secrets! I love a bit of a novelty menu!
There is a slightly less extensive menu of cocktails, but the selection they do offer more than made up for it in quality. There was a good range of champagne-based cocktails and we soon learnt that it was a two-for-one on cocktails during happy hour (5pm – 8pm every night), so naturally cocktails were my tipple of choice for the evening. My favourite was the Sweet and refreshing Moulin Rouge – which was a fruity contrast to my jerk burger. A Moulin Rouge contains: Passion fruit and strawberry fresh fruit purée with sugar lemon sours and vanilla vodka, drizzled with baron de marck nv champagne. Yummy!
What to pay? All but one of the burgers was priced below £10. The sharing platters range from between £10.50 for a platter of dough balls, pitta bread, onion rings and hummus with dips up to £25 for a Monster platter of different meats and breads such as teriyaki chicken skewers and salt and pepper squid.
Contact: 124 – 127 Minories, London, EC3N 1NT. Tel: 020 7481 8195
Click here to visit Mary Janes website.