martin st cafe + providore

martin st cafe + providore, brighton

the husband and i headed down to the bay-side suburb of brighton this morning to catch-up with some great friends for brunch. our friends recommended we try their “local” .. the martin st cafe + providore. i am a city-living-convert since moving to melbourne, but i also love visiting its suburbs – it’s amazing how self-contained and how much culture can be packed into a single ‘main’ street… seriously, you could almost never leave your suburb and not be left wanting! martin st brighton is no exception – hairdressers, boutiques, beauty salons, restaurants, gym and great cafes.

the providore is quite unassuming at street level, but as you step through the long-narrow cafe there is a great covered + heated area and further outdoor space in a gorgeous courtyard in the back complete with umbrellas. the cafe was brimming with cycle-clubs and mum’s groups this morning, only adding to the “local” feel.

martin st cafe + providore
martin st cafe + providore
martin st cafe + providore
martin st cafe + providore
martin st cafe + providore
flat white, martin st cafe + providore
martin st cafe + providore
sot latte, martin st cafe + providore
martin st cafe + providore
eb tea, martin st cafe + providore

coffee was strong and consistent and mine came with soy milk served just right. english breakfast tea served with tea leaves (not the bagged variety) + the husband was pleased that there were juice, smoothie and milkshake options available.

smashed avocado on ciabatta with pepita seeds, fetta + tomato.
breakfast of choice for my friend and from the familiarity of his order to the waiter, i have a feeling he orders this regularly! avocado looked perfectly ripe + this dish oozed freshness. topped with some micro-hebs + olive oil, it was safe to say there wasn’t a crumb left at the end!

martin st cafe + providore
smashed avocado, martin st cafe + providore

martin st eggs: poached eggs on toasted ciabatta with crispy bacon, avocado + hollandaise.
this came recommended by both friends and waiter, so i thought i’d better take their word for it and gave it a try! the hollandaise was light and not overpowering of the freshness of the avocado. poached eggs were perfectly cooked. the serving sizes of all our dishes were extremely generous, and i definitely struggled to finish it all. the only downside for me – the ciabatta was quite difficult to eat with a very crunchy crust which took effort to cut through – i probably would’ve preferred a grain toast or sourdough.

martin st cafe + providore
martin st eggs, martin st cafe + providore

scrambled eggs + bacon
generous serving of creamy, fluffy, soft eggs. and this was the half-serve!

scrambled eggs + bacon, martin st cafe + providore
scrambled eggs + bacon, martin st cafe + providore

 

overall, the providore is laid-back and friendly. staff were attentive + appeared to know many of the customers by name. whilst the food wasn’t what you’d call “trendy” and is unlikely to make urbanspoon’s ‘top 10’ list – this is yet another fantastic example of the wholesome, honest food synonymous with melbourne’s many suburbs.

verdict: a lovely bayside local
find: www.facebook.com/pages/Martin-Street-Cafe-Providore/

 

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