Life on Mars is Delicious
There’s nothing alien about new Hawthorn cafe Life on Mars.
The building and design was all done in-house and features a modern yet rustic fit-out, with beautiful wooden tables, a mishmash of industrial and wooden chairs, drop-lights and pot plants on display.
Famed chef Fletcher Zane – whose resume includes Hotel Max, Stokehouse, Giuseppe Arnaldo & Sons, Icebergs and Quay – is in control of the kitchen. Currently serving breakfast and lunch (with dinner and a liquor license on the cards for summer), the food is an array of dishes made, where possible, from locally sourced and free-range produce.
Menu items include the duck egg frittata with young asparagus, homemade crumpets with leatherwood honey or Gippsland cumin salt lamb loin with black quinoa, green olives and a Persian feta dressing. There is also an impressive range of smallgoods that are made in-house, including bacon, corn beef and sausages to take home for the BBQ.
Bread is Noisette, coffee is Allpress and milk is Jonesy’s Dairy Fresh – all local industries here.