The Village Cafe – Martinborough

4.5 of 5 stars

Reviewed by FiFi, January 2020

The Place:

There is plentiful indoor and outdoor seating here.  There is  a huge amount of fresh and tasty looking cabinet food to select from including vegetarian, Vegan, gluten-free , dairy-free, in-home cured and smoked bacon and smoked salmon, fresh home-made pasta and an extensive blackboard menu. There are seven, yes seven Bene options to chose from.  The Benedict (with ham), the Bene (with bacon), the Florentine (with spinach), Montreal (with salmon), the Benjamin (with Halloumi), the Avo-Tom (with avocado and bacon) and the Black-Pud (with black pudding).  Sides range from $2.50  to $5.  The atmosphere here is vibrant and lively.

The Service:

The staff were very friendly and genuine and smiled when they took your order.   Our drinks took no time at all to arrive and our meals followed closely behind.  

The Presentation:

Our meals looked irresistible.  There was definitely some thought and preparation go into the presentation.   The sprinkle of parsley added a wee wisp of colour and contrasted well against the rich, green spinach.  The swirling of the balsamic reduction took this dish up a notch and gave the clean white plate some dimension.    We were wowed by the obvious attention to detail.

  • The Benedict and Montreal – the meals were nothing short of culinary genius.
  • The Eggs – the free-range eggs were poached to perfection.
  • The Bacon – the in-home cured and smoked bacon was both savoury and crispy.
  • The Salmon – had a distinctive smokiness about it and it was a generous portion.
  • The avocado – the mash was seasoned well and finished the dish.
  • The Spinach – was tender and sweet. 
  • The Hollandaise – was rich in colour and delicate in flavour.
  • The Potato cakes – the herbed potato cakes formed a hearty base for the benes.

 Would We Go Again?

The company was great, the atmosphere was full of personality and there was a huge variety of food to choose from.  So yes we would.


Style: 8/10 – Classic.

Taste: 9/10 – the meals tasted amazing!

Originality: 9/10 – There were so many options to choose from.

Value: 7/10 – the Benes were quite pricy except the Florentine (spinach).  The Benedict (with ham) was $20, the Bene (with bacon) was $22.50, the Florentine (with spinach) $17.50, Montreal (with salmon) was $22.50, the Benjamin (with Halloumi) was $22.50, the Avo-Tom (with avocado and bacon) was $21and the Black-Pud (with black pudding) was $21. Sides ranged from $2.50 to $5.

Eggs: 9/10

Overall score: 9/10

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