Monday, August 15, 2011
Melbourne - Mart 130
Hello everyone. I recently headed over to Melbourne for a short holiday (one week) and tried some amazing food, and some, well, not-so-amazing. Having said that, though, the general standard in Melbourne is pretty pretty high. for example, in random cafes you can hope to get a decent coffee. No wonder that Starbucks has only a few outlets around the city - where the coffee is bad, such as in France, people drink Starbucks since that's the next best thing, but when you have bespoke coffee, you wouldn't need such things as Starbucks, would you?
Anyway the first place I'm going to blog about is Mart 130. Mart 130 is actually not a coffee place, since I didn't have coffee here but a mango lassi - but then, it's probably the best breakfast place that I went to on my visit to melbourne, anyway. To get here, one usually takes the tram, but since we were on the road to the great ocean road, we rented a car and drove.
Mart 130 is located in a refurbished tram station, apparently where the trains were actually used. the proprietress introduced herself as a new-zealander, and ushered us to our seats. Our seats overlooked a tennis court where housewives would be playing their tennis in the freezing cold of winter - in their track suits of course. some were pretty good. but here we were to have our breakfast.
Most of my friends / travelling companions ordered the Mart sets 1 - 4 [no replacements] , but I felt like eating some set stuff, so I ordered my english-styled brekkie of scrambled eggs, sausages, and mushrooms. This was excellent, excellent. The scrambled eggs had just enough of that eggy flavour [free-ranged eggs apparently], while the sausages were robustly seasoned with the spices and herbs that makes a good sausage, and not forgetting the mushrooms, which were done competently. Excellent. (9/10).
Mart 130, according to my melbourne friends, is one of those popular places to have brekkie/brunch, and it thoroughly deserves the accolades.