Dead Man Espresso
35 Market Street
+61 3 9686 2255
I am one very lucky gal. Situated just 10 minutes from me, is a one of my favourite cafés that not only has amazing coffees and delicious brunch fare, it too has a cute fit-out and is dog-friendly. This post combines pictures from my most recent visit, and also those from my pre-blogger days.
Dead Man Espresso is located in South Melbourne, inconspicuously seated away from the hustle and bustle of South Melbourne Market. The bright elevated wooden deck with its neatly aligned parallel slats provides a captivating and chirpy façade. Inside, wooden booths dot the sides of the wall, and in the middle, a large communal table centered with a grand floral piece greets you.
Dead Man Espresso offers coffee from the Seven Seeds blend. I always have mine in a magic, allowing the rich double ristretto to draw out the floral sweetness of the coffee. On that particular morning, I opted for the chorizo toastie with gruyere and peppers, while The Angmoh went for poached eggs with smoked salmon.
The toastie was simple and tasty: salty fatty chorizo, strings of melted cheese, spicy pickled peppers and a spread of roasted garlic. The side of tomato chutney provided a sweet balance to the sandwich. The Angmoh had an epic exclamation when his dish arrived: “Jesus! That’s a lot of salmon!” (Men and their first-world problems) His poached eggs bled poetically like a sun-doused waterfall. Paired with (all that) salmon, it made a satisfying brunch.
One of the dishes that the Dead Man is famous for, is the Dead Man BLT, which is pork belly and spinach puree, served on soft buttery brioche. The Angmoh had ordered this when we were first dating, and I knew that he was a keeper when he put up with my Asian food-picture-taking habits. The Angmoh gave his two thumbs up to the sandwich.
Other dishes that I have tried in my previous visits include the porridge and buttermilk pancakes.
Melbourne, having a reputation of hip café culture, is becoming saturated with new cafes popping up aplenty. The quality and consistency of Dead Man Espresso has yet to falter and sits amongst my top favourites.