Martha Ray’s

Staff with beards.  Tick.  Vinyl collection.  Tick.  Austere white washed interior. Tick.  Yes, Martha Ray’s at the city end of Brunswick street is a hipsters paradise.

Pork belly sandwich at Martha Ray’s

The menu is short and simple but there’s some interesting stuff on there reflecting co-owner and chef Pablo Britton’s background at Movida and Rockpool.  Black pudding is not something you see on offer at many Melbourne cafes but Martha Ray’s serves up slices of sticky black goodness ($16.50) with brioche and a zingy salad of carrots and fennel.

Window seat at Martha Rays

There’s a limited selection of sandwiches as well and my vote goes to the pork belly one ($13).  In fact I loved it so much that I included it in my top ten sandwiches in Melbourne list.  The pork is dried for two days and then slow cooked until the meat is sweet and tender with crispy crackling.  The pork is teamed with a cabbage and apple slaw.

Black pudding and brioche at Martha Rays

Coffee is by Costa Noosa ($3)  and it’s strong and smooth.  A new addition to Brunswick street this year it seems Martha Ray’s is just the sort of quirky cafe that Melbourne does so well.  You can read my full review of Martha Rays for Time Out here.

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Details: Martha Ray’s, 85 Brunswick St,  Fitzroy 3065.  Open Mon-Fri 7.30am-3.30pm; Sat and Sun 8am-3.30pm.
Damage: Reasonable.

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  1. Hehe even the people in the window are hipsters! 😛

  2. Dear Cara,

    I have yet to try black pudding but the pork belly sandwich looks delicious!

  3. And yet another place to add to the ever growing wishlist!

  4. Nigella – They were indeed!

    Chopin and My Saucepan – Oh you must try it -just don’t think about the fact it’s blood and it’s great

    Catherine – Mine is similar…

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