Rebecca Varidel
22nd Jan 2024

Laying out the welcome mat in Lake Macquarie, new 120 seat restaurant Martha - in the newly redeveloped Belmont 16s Sailing Club - is nourishing lake side visitors with its vibrant and creative Mediterranean style menu. Martha’s state of the art European Mibrasa ovens are creating the focal point of subtly smoky delights that will ensure the future of the waterside Martha as a destination dining location.

Chef Tyler Rolfe entices us with creative entrees such as Cast iron cooked halloumi with pickled cumquat and honey drizzle, Chargrilled split prawns with Pukara Estate lemon and dill olive oil, and Coal roast cooled beet carpaccio with pistachio tarator, goats feta, cranberry and toasted buckwheat. 

Mains continue the delight with choices such as 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 playful drinks list proudly showcases a mix of classic cocktails as well as the cheeky signature group of cocktails named 'Martha & Friends.' Each of Martha's friends steps right out of your original cocktail era great grandmother’s circle: Mabel, Josephine, Madge, Elanor and Rose.

The notable gem of the cocktail signature list is the namesake ‘Martha’, which features local Earp Distilling Co gin with dolin rouge, chambord, and lemon juice.

The wine list is also stamped with Martha's commitment to local producers showcasung the nearby Hunter Valley region alongside a selection of other Australian as well as European bottles.

Designed by Sydney-based architecture and design studio Atlis, Martha’s stylish yet casual interior is an homage to its lakeside setting with dawn pastel tones, sandy beige, and sage green, accented by timber elements. The design pièce de résistance is Martha’s striking cocktail bar adorned in pink tiles, and featuring a (real live) tree.

The stunning space draws inspiration from the Club’s century-old heritage, and features a striking pitched roof over open-plan dining bathed in natural light, which seamlessly connects the restaurant to the stunning outdoor terrace, and the sweeping views across Lake Macquarie.