One of the first brunch places I tried when I first got to Melbourne almost three years ago is Mart130. Even then, the food was great and I really liked the atmosphere, which might have partially contributed to my love for what I call ‘Melbournian’ brunch and coffee now. The cafe didn’t use to have EFTPOS facilities though, so that’s definitely a plus now, and it also feels like their service has improved. The cafe is at Middle Park and is convenient to get to, especially if you’re taking tram 96, because it’s right at the tram stop of – you guessed it – 130. It’s close to a lot of sports-related venues and parks, so Mart130 gives off an outdoor-y feel, and I’ve seen plenty of pet-owners and their pets enjoying their time here.
– General Review –
- Service: 8.5/10
Very friendly service, although food takes a while. Accepts EFTPOS and cash now (it didn’t use to accept debit/credit cards). Personally, I think the portion is quite generous compared to other places. Pet-friendly too!
- Servicescape: 8.6/10
I love the atmosphere and environment at Mart130. It’s typically very crowded during weekends, but if you’re here on weekdays at around late morning or noon, it’s comfortably filled and much more quiet and peaceful. Overall, the music sets a very relaxing mood, and I love their decorations. It’s one of my favourite brunch places in terms of the layout and design, giving off both a Melbournian yet slightly atypical vibe. It’s located right at the tram stop, but isn’t as noisy as I expected it to be. There are seats available outside under the shade as well, overlooking an outdoor scenery. The seats beside the tram tracks are pet-friendly too.
- Non-smoking area: Seats are indoors and smoke-free, but outdoor seats available too.
- Vegetarian dishes: Yes, several vegetarian dishes available.
- Price range: $$ (AU$14 – $19 for most main dishes.)
Overall Rating: 8.7/10
– Food Experience –
The mocha was slightly sweeter than average and the chocolate was rich, so the coffee was a little weak. But I don’t mind the extra chocolate taste.
2) Chai Soy Latte:
The Chai Soy Latte had a stronger and spicier chai flavour, and it was topped with cinnamon sugar. I thought the soy made it slightly healthier as well.
3) Mart Eggs #1:
The dish wasn’t bad per se, but towards the end I was too full from the polenta. The mushrooms, poached eggs, and truffle hollandaise were perfect, and the dish is vegetarian-friendly But the polenta’s just too much, given the size of the portion.
4) Mart Eggs #3:
Highly enjoyed the poached eggs and chorizo (they were very generous with the portion), and the dish had a nice overall balance of sourness and saltiness.
Contact number: +61 3 9690 8831
Website: Mart 130
Operating hours: Mon – Sun: 7.30am – 3pm
Posted by: V