A sensual bon vivant who apparently has a flair for art and style. Originally from Hong Kong, studying and enjoying life in Sydney.
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Published April 5th 2012
It was a chilly day that drizzled quite a bit. Me and a few friends hopped onto the No. 96 light rail and headed south down to St. Kilda, but we first had to stop at Middle Park for our unique cafe venture at Mart 130.
Behind the charming appeal of Mart 130 entails an amusing story. Spelt "tram" backwards and stop number 130, the fetching breakfast destination sits right next to the platform in a former station master's building.
The bustling little cafe had a rather cosy interior engaged with a hint of rustic enchantment. It featured white panelled walls and ceiling with contrasting dark timber floors, furnished with vintage-inspired pieces. We had chosen a table in the enclosed deck, which overlooks the lush field of Albert Park where we could soak ourselves up in the tranquillising view.
First up, special of the day - poached eggs with pancetta, rocket and avocado on sourdough. I was indecisive at first in between a regular eggs benedicts with hollandaise and the specials, but finally decided to experiment different tastes. Creamy avocado, crispy sourdough, and beautifully poached eggs with gooey yolks, overall I was quite satisfied, although I would still love to have my usual eggs benedict.
You can expect generous portion sizes at the cafe. On the plate was a decent amount of scrambled eggs on pieces of toasts, spinach on the side, and hands down the largest field grown mushrooms I have ever seen. In person I would prefer the eggs to be more creamy and less well done. Nonetheless, the seasoning was delectable and the dish itself made a pleasing breakfast to fuel up ourselves for the rest of the day.
Corn fritters with bacon, mushrooms and feta cheese
Topped with some tomato salsa, the delicious corn fritters were again served with huge field grown mushrooms on the side. Those amazing fritters were pan fried until golden and slightly browned on the surface, accompanied with bacon strips in between the layers. They were truly flavoursome and successfully retained the right amount of moisture in the centre, contributing to their exceptionally wonderful texture. In addition, the feta cheese was one of the few extra sides that are available upon request.
Mart 130 has an interesting factor or attractiveness that is definitely one-of-a-kind regarding to its location and ambience. Offering great food and friendly services, I would say that it was well worth the visit for a relaxing brunch on a lazy day.