Friday, 9 August 2013

Martha's in Castlecrag

Word in the area is that Martha's is a pretty decent spot for a bit of brunch. The decor is pleasantly surprising with one side lined with wooden tables and the other with table clothed seating. White painted enamel metal water jugs, big beautiful bouquets of flowers and bowls of fresh fruit used for juicing all add to this stylish restaurant. 
The smoked salmon benedict came on one large, thick piece of toast. There was plenty of smoked salmon on it, the eggs were well cooked and the sauce was deliciously buttery.
For those with a big appetite, there's a full breakfast of eggs, bangalow sweet bacon, potato cake, mushrooms and toast. The scrambled eggs were cooked perfectly, bacon just the right crispiness, but the toast was as solid as a thick biscuit; hopefully just a one off. 
You can also piece together your own breakfast. The eggs and toast are $9.50, and with the extra three sides of mushrooms, tomato and spinach; it comes to a total of $20. It would be more worth it if you got the full breakfast for $15.50 and added a side of spinach. 
Around noon they also start serving lunch. The steak tartare was really good, and it's even better because you can season the meat to your own liking. The oil, worcestershire and tobasco come in separate bottles, the sliced radishes, cappers and anchovies are also separated so you can add however much of whatever you want. 
The souffle was probably the least exciting of all the dishes. The flavour was alright but the souffle itself was stodgy and almost dry. 
Everything at Martha's is in line with their country-style theme, even the stylish metal ice bucket and the scallop shell tongs. The atmosphere here makes you feel like you are away on holiday, which is an awfully nice feeling when you're enjoying your weekend brunch.

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