Breakfast, lunch, and magic. That’s what St Martins brings to Martin Street, Brighton. It’s the latest café from Jim Marinis and the team who also brought us Little Tommy Tucker in Bentleigh, and Glover Station in Elsternwick. Being located in the beachside opulent suburb of Brighton, it takes a colourful approach, with bright umbrellas out front that reminded me of a summer’s day, and windows adorned with charming gold coloured branding, inspired by the Italian ornate lettering commonly found on espresso machines. Designed Laritt Evans, the stylish venue seats 90 inside and out, and is decorated with terrazzo flooring, potted greenery, marble top counters, pale timber tables and chairs. There’s a feature concrete block wall at the rear of the venue, along which runs upholstered bench seating in a royal blue, creating a touch of sophistication, and sense of strength. A striking feature of the venue which I noticed, was the open plan wash room, shielded by tall potted indoor plants.
The menu has been crafted to emphasis seasonal ingredients sourced locally, which is grown free range and organically, with love.
Breakfast offerings range from activated almond Birchers with tropical fruit & passionfruit curd; slow braised beans with fennel broth, corn puree, mozzarella, and a poached egg; Wild mushroom and spinach omelette with wild rice and Boathouse feta; and the Surf ‘n’ Turf glazed oyster blade steak with fish croquettes and chili caramel.
Hearty lunch options include Semolina Gnocchi with a baked ricotta, mint, and pea veloute; the Sticky beef roll; and a selection of salads, sandwiches, and baguettes.
Coffee is sourced from Clark St Roasters, and all white coffee is made using their Mastermind Blend; which is best described as silky smooth, with white chocolate and praline notes. My espresso was made from the single origin beans, which rotate weekly. Today’s offering was the Nicaraguan Buena Vista, from Jalapa, Nueva Segovia. The farm sits at around 1400 to 1650 meters above sea level, and grows Caturra, Catuai, and Pacas varietals. As a long black, this Nicaraguan delivered a rich cup, with nougat and honey notes. Bottomless batch brew is also available, as well as cold filters, which are set to be a crowd pleaser over summer.
St Martins is open seven days a week, from 7am until 4pm.
116 Martin Street
Brighton VIC 3186