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Emilia reviews the same restaurant popstar Pink visited out in Brighton!

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Sons of Mary

14 Spink Street


The Rumour File yesterday told us that popstar Pink had dinner at a suburban restaurant in Brighton, Sons of Mary. I went there to investigate what the allure might be for one, Alecia Moore.

Was it the familiar street name? Sp!nk Street, maybe they should change that ‘i’ to an exclamation point now?

Had she heard of the family’s previous establishments, like the Flinders Hotel, the London in Port Melbourne or Hampton’s Brown Cow Café and Bar? Did she know something about their 50 years in hospitality?

Was it the fact two brothers owned it? Their mother’s name, Mary. Was it the family element, as she brought her husband and kids to enjoy a meal on one of their chesterfield lounges. One family to another?

Was it their all day flatbread that remains from their breakfast menu, to their lunch menu and onto their dinner menu?

Was it the gatherings of friends, families, business people and the flowing of bloody Mary’s, champagne, spritzes from midday?

Did she take the train to Gardenvale station across the road?

Perhaps it was all those things.

Tucked away just off Martin Street in Brighton, and just a stone’s throw away from North Road and the Nepean Highway. Despite being tucked away the locals in Brighton must know something more because on a Thursday lunch time, it was pumping. 

I just had to try their all day flatbreads, they make it a hard decision; tomato, chorizo with mozzarella, feta and roast red peppers, cauliflower and harissa or pulled pork with mozzarella, red onion, olives, capsicum, chimichurri Sauce.

I chose the pulled pork, the perfect sharing dish to start.

I had to think like Pink from here, what would Pink have gotten for dinner. I’m so glad I did because the star dish came from ‘thinking like Pink’.

The seafood linguine was sublime, batting way above a local café/restaurant should. Generous servings of fresh prawns, calamari, mussels with lashings of chilli, garlic, olive oil and white wine. It felt decadent and legit, I’m sure Sons of Mary knows just how good it is because it features on their lunch and dinner menu.

If pasta for lunch isn’t your vibe, there’s always the BBQ Grilled Chicken Salad topped with Asian herbs, capsicum, garlic yoghurt and toasted peanuts if you want something a little lighter. 

After sitting and having the cakes window staring at us all through lunch I couldn’t leave without trying their flourless orange cake and, as recommended by the staff, the carrot cake. The icing on the carrot cake won me over and despite getting the cakes take away I may have finished the flourless orange on the way home in the car.

So, after asking around with staff, unfortunately my investigation was inconclusive about what exactly brought Pink out to a side street in Brighton, but assuming she’d been worded her up about the seafood linguine, I’m not surprised that by all accounts she had a lovely dinner with her family and all reports say she was so lovely and low key. 

Price wise, I did find the prices a little “I’ve done all of Brighton”.

$20ish for flatbread, $42 for seafood linguine, most breakfasts for around $20 and up. But, if it’s good enough for Pink … and I would get that linguine again and again.

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