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Published April 5th 2018
Try some of their delicious French pastries or cakes
This patisserie and lunch cafe has been here for about 40 years, and they are in the Captain Stirling Shopping Centre in Stirling Highway, Nedlands.
Some of the whole cakes for sale
I was not sure what to expect as they seemed to advertise their patisserie side of the business, however, they had very good reviews and I read they also serve lunches.
The place itself is very "ordinary" with some seating inside and some outside in the covered veranda of this old shopping centre, located next door to the Cap S Hotel. There is ample off street parking,giving you good access to this small shopping centre.
Inside and outside seating
Once inside Martineaus, it was a pleasant surprise with a counter full of the most delicious French pastries.
Once I stopped drooling over these pastries, I looked a bit further and saw the lunches that were available.
Some of the lunches available
As well as those in the cabinets, they had a menu board behind the counter, with quite an impressive list of assorted sandwiches and light meals.
Blackboard menu behind the counter
There were two of us for lunch and we opted to buy two things and share them, and actually had a problem deciding what to order.
We ended up with a chicken and asparagus slice with cheese, encased in flaky type pastry, and a smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel.
Smoked salmon bagel and chicken and spinach slice
The bagel cost $11.90 and the slice cost $9.90. The chicken and asparagus was absolutely delicious and the pastry was quite different to that which you normally get at a cafe. It was like a filo pastry, very light, and thin and did not detract from the taste of the filling. There was no scrimping in the filling which was quite thick, and there was a very small salad with it - possibly the smallest I have ever had, but I have to admit that the dressing on it was so good that, when no one was looking, I actually dipped my finger in the remains to get all this dressing - yes, I know - disgusting, and all this in the elegant suburb of Nedlands! I half expected someone to come over and ask me to remove myself from the area!
Nevertheless, we finished this main and were determined that we must try some of these pastries or cakes for which Martineaus is so famous for.
A section of their meringue cakes
As I am not a good decision maker in matters of choosing food so I let my companion choose, and she chose a lemon tart, as well as a smaller strawberry tart.
They even cut both meals in half for us to share!
Well, what can I say! They were out of this world! The pastry was exquisite, the lemon filling was plentiful, while the pastry was once again not thick and different to the "normal" pastries you usually get in cafes.
We were slightly disappointed in the coffee which was not strong enough, however, I cannot complain as everything we had at Martineaus apart from the coffee, was top grade and delicious.
The cafe itself had some homemade articles for sale and being just before Easter, there was a whole table devoted to Easter goodies and these were indeed, beautiful looking.