Dead Man Espresso
My previous visit to this South Melbourne cafe was a few years ago, when I ventured down to the South Melbourne Market for the first time. Despite the fact that I enjoyed both the coffee and the market, time passed and suddenly it was 2012 and I hadn’t been back since. On the weekend I headed down to the markets again and thought I might as well call in at Dead Man Espresso.
The place was noisy and crowded, and we were told we would have to wait for a seat. After about five minutes a table for two opened up, around which the three of us decided to cram ourselves. The Seven Seeds latte was just as I remembered it: smooth, creamy and strong, with only a hint of a bitter aftertaste (better than at Seven Seeds itself actually, but that’s another story). I had just eaten breakfast when I went down there, which made me feel a little silly as this is supposed to be a food blog. Upon realising that this place had received 3 stars in The Age’s Cheap Eats Guide 2011 I figured I should at least sample something, and had a slice of raspberry friand.
It was dense and buttery, with the tartness of the raspberries cutting nicely through the richness. It wasn’t too sweet, like a lot of cafe fare, which I was thankful for. The large dollop of cream it was served with wasn’t really necessary, but I suppose was probably as much there for presentation as anything else. My only complaint about the friand was that it was served very cold out of the fridge.
All in all the coffee was one of the best I’ve had lately. I must make sure to come back and review the food some time. Definitely worth a visit!Dead Man Espresso 35 Market Street South Melbourne