St Martha's is the kind of place where you’d sit down for a coffee but end up staying for lunch. Located on Essendon’s Buckley Street (right next to the train station), with reclaimed wooden benchtops, a clean, function design and a convenient coffee service window, you’d never know that the same space used to be an accountant’s office.
Owner and manager Adrian Dixen, who used to run a French patisserie in Puckle Street in Moonee Ponds, credits his wife Kylee with all the interior design, including the idea to feature art from the local high school on the walls.
The food is just the right balance between good and hearty breakfast fare and experimental combinations. Worth trying is the grilled Reuben, the Istra pulled pork sliders with coleslaw and kewpie mayo, and the buttermilk blueberry hotcakes with cinnamon doughnut ice-cream.
And if you’re after something small and sweet, the cronut madness has spread well and truly to Melbourne’s outer north-west, with St Martha's stocking a rotating variety at the counter.