Dead Man Espresso
35 Market St
I get excited anytime my boyfriend decides to come out to the city too because it’s just too rare. So I scramble around trying to find something to eat because why else do you come out :) He had to sort out some paperwork, and I was worried we wouldn’t make it here in time before the kitchen closed (3pm) but we got in round 2.45pm luckily.
It’s insanely easy to get to, just board the 112 tram towards St Kilda and hop off the first or second stop on Clarendon St. Simple. From Swanston St, it’s only abut a 15 min tram-ride.
I started off with an ice coffee (it was just too warm for a hot coffee!), with their house blend from Seven Seeds. For lunch we went for:
- Potato and leek hash, with pancetta, green tomatoes and fried eggs - Firstly, i got to say I love the symmetry of this dish - two hashes, two slices of pancetta and two eggs; just makes it so much easier to balance out the whole dish and know how to portion it all. The hash was amazing, but have to say there wasn’t of the leek flavour through it though it tasted great anyway. Eggs were perfect, and just overall a nice tasty meal.
- Steak and chips: Open steak sandwich with a cabbage slaw and chips - Boyfriend likes meat, and lots of it. Overall, don’t think he was too impressed since he’s not too fond of ‘open sandwiches’ as they are impossible to eat easily. Flavour was good though, but probably not the best choice on the menu (the fries were perfect though!).
287 Coventry St
Since we were in the area, I couldn’t resist popping over to Chez Dre for dessert. We didn’t have lunch here though because my boyfriend is allergic to egg and virtually the whole menu has egg woven into it..
Sadly, there wasn’t much of a selection of petit gateaux left when I got there, but they had one of the ones I had been eyeing from their menu anyway. I got the Passionfruit, White Chocolate & Ginger Spice (ginger spiced biscuit, passionfruit jelly, white chocolate and vanilla mousse) to take-away so I could share with the family back home.
The flavours are great! I was worried the ginger would be too overpowering but it’s only a small portion of the cake that is ginger-spiced. Everything blended really well together and quite smooth in the mouth.