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Martians Cafe And Bar

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by Aloo (subscribe)
Melbourne has so much to offer. I love experiencing new places and events and sharing them with you. I have an interest in gluten free, vegan and vegetarian diets so I will let you know if you these can be catered for in my reviews.
Published January 14th 2013
Country hospitality, great vibe
Martians Cafe Deans Marsh


Being in the little town of Dean's Marsh, with a population of around 600. Close to the Otways, but far enough from the coast. I could see why it would be a good location for martians to land and hide beneath the native forests or with the farm animals.

Martians Cafe and Bar is the hub of Dean's Marsh. Loved by locals, martians and tourists alike. It hosts live music, showcasing Australian talent. Archie Roach, Chris Wilson, Dan Sultan and Rebecca Barnard have played here and in recent months more live music will be coming to town such as Melody Moon (alternative folk) or Ash King (blues soloist) to name a few. The full gig guide is online if you want to check it out or join the mailing list.


Plenty of outdoor and indoor seating


Local produce is used wherever possible at Martians which is open every day as a cafe. A restaurant style dinner is served Thursday to Saturday. Heads up though, Thursday night is curry night, and pizza is served only Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There is also the range of cafe options, that can be ordered at any time. Gluten free and vegetarian or vegan options are available

When we were there, it was curry night. You can choose the type of curry, and they always have at least one vegetarian option. The special deal is $20 for a curry and a standard drink (such as a soft drink, VB type beer or house wines).

Pumpkin, spinach and fennel curry


If you happen to be here on the weekend, the pizza menu is out of this world. For example:
Moon - Garlic, Parmesan, Herbs (no Napoli sauce)
Mars - Chicken, Salami, Ham, Bacon, BBQ Sauce & Mozza
Pluto - Ham, Bacon, Onion, Egg & Mozza

They range in price from $12 to $20.

They do breakfast too (BLT, BLAT, BLEAT and much more). If these acronyms have you salivating, perhaps this is the place for you. See the rest of the menu here.

View from Martian's


The food, the view, the service were all wonderful. But the best thing about Martians, is the good ol' country hospitality and inclusion. From what we could tell all the clientele were local. But we got smiles and had conversations with the staff and others enjoying their drinks and meals as though they knew us. We took the dogs and they were welcomed with pats and little chats too.

Martians, to us was a refreshing change from the City. The people were so lovely. We didn't feel alien at all.

Front of the cafe from Lorne Road
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Why? Country hospitality, great food and live music
When: Open 7 days, dinner Thursday to Sunday only
Phone: 03 5236 3350
Where: 12 Lorne Rd, Deans Marsh
Cost: Moderate
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