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Thursday 7 December 2023

New eatery on Lake Macquarie unveiled

Looking for a day trip destination from Sydney?

How about heading for Belmont on Lake Macquarie and a meal at Martha, a new eatery at Belmont 16s Sailing Club.

The new 120-seat venue has just opened its doors officially and features a restaurant, bar area, and outdoor terrace with views across the lake.

The facilities have undergone a $20 million transformation.

Newly appointed Martha chef Tyler Rolfe says he is serving a Mediterranean-inspired menu that is centred around the restaurant’s state-of-the-art European Mibrasa ovens that impart smoky flavours from cooking over high temperatures and hot coals.

Entree highlights include; cast iron cooked halloumi with pickled cumquat and honey drizzle; char-grilled split prawns with Pukara Estate lemon and dill olive oil; and coal-roast cooled beet carpaccio with pistachio tarator, goat feta, cranberry and toasted buckwheat.

Among the mains are market fish with charred asparagus, heirloom tomato and piccata; La Brasa marinated chicken with freekeh and pomegranate salad; charcoal-roast Riverina lamb rack with heirloom tomatoes, mint,quinoa, tabouleh and labneh; and a Great Southern Pinnacle Black Angus pasture-fed Scotch steak

The drinks list showcases a mix of classic and playful signature cocktails named 'Martha & Friends.' with distinctive names like Mabel, Josephine, Madge, Elanor and Gloria.

The wine list heroes producers from the Hunter Valley alongside a selection of Australian and European producers. Some the older white vintages - like 2020 and 2021 sauvignon blancs - are, however, a bit of a worry

“Martha is set to be an incredible new dining destination on Lake Macquarie for locals and visitors to the region," says food and beverage manager Joel Simmons. "Our front and back of house team are a bunch of seasoned hospitality professionals that are passionate about great service, food, and drinks, and we are all very excited to welcome our first guests to the venue.”

Martha is open for lunch and dinner Thursday to Sunday 12pm-3pm & 5pm-10pm. See

Images: David Li 

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