(Melbourne) Dead Man Espresso


I’ve never seen a cafe quite like Dead Man Espresso, which is nestled among the quieter parts of South Melbourne’s residential neighborhood. So far, I haven’t been able to find great brunch places that are relatively close to Southbank, besides the various cafes along Coventry Street. The decision to try the food here with my brother was a spontaneous one, coming to existence after deciding that I was too lazy to cook after exhausting my limited collection of recipes. Plus, what’s better than a satisfying meal during the stressful exam period? As we were approaching the cafe, we observed many customers dining outside who were accompanied by their pets, which immediately manifested the sense of friendliness and tranquility of the cafe. Dead Man Espresso is definitely one of the preferred breakfast/brunch cafes to visit during the weekends, since it’s already popular even during the weekdays.

 – General Review –

  •  Service: 7.5/10

Most of the staff were pretty friendly and attentive, and service was quick. There was one whom I thought was quite dismissive, but overall, it was alright.

  • Servicescape: 8/10

Dead Man Espresso looks like a modern and fancy house-turned-cafe from the outside, and the atmosphere was absolutely amazing. It’s located within a residential area, away from the hustle and bustle of the South Melbourne area, and the environment was calm, quiet and serene. The interior was warm and welcoming, and very cozy too. There are several seats located outdoors (although some under the shade), where diners are able to observe the peaceful view outside. It’s definitely a place I’d love to return to; perhaps enjoy a cup of coffee and food with friends, or just sit back and unwind especially during the cold winter days.


  • Non-smoking area: Yes, most seats are indoors, although some outdoors seats are provided.
  • Vegetarian dishes: Yes, several vegetarian dishes available from both breakfast and lunch menus!
  • Price range: $$ (AU$10 – $22 for most dishes.)

Overall Rating: 8/10

 – Food Experience –

Dead Man Espresso - Mocha & Cappuccino

1) Mocha: 

I had high expectations for the coffee in Dead Man Espresso, and I was a little disappointed with what they served. The mocha was terrible per se, but it wasn’t as great as I had expected. It was too watery and the coffee was a too light, although the chocolate was just right. The foam was thick, but what I really like about it is the latte art. Beautifully done!

Mocha ($3.50)

Mocha ($3.50)

2) Cappuccino:

The cappuccino was just alright too and wasn’t anything special. Again, it was too watery and both taste of coffee and milk were lacking, and the foam was really thin at the top too. But I really adore the wonderful presentation of the latte art.

Cappuccino ($3.50)

Cappuccino ($3.50)

3) Campfire Breakfast:

The Campfire Breakfast came with an assortment of delicious goodiness, mainly in the form of bacon, black pudding, mushrooms, tomato, fried eggs, beans and toast that were cooked in a skillet. The dish was pretty oily and salty, although… what do you expect from bacon? It was still really delicious though, and the presentation was pretty, albeit quite inconvenient. You can also request the eggs to be poached or scrambled instead of fried, but it comes with an additional fee of $2.

Campfire Breakfast ($22.50)

Campfire Breakfast ($22.50)

4) “BLT”:

I really enjoyed the “BLT”, which consisted of pork belly with spinach puree on brioche. The pork belly, which was tender and the skin was crispy, coupled with the subtle taste of spinach from the puree, was delightful. The dish comes with gazpacho and pickled kohlrabi as a side too, which was new to me. I’ve never tried gazpacho before, and truthfully, I’m not a big fan of it but it was a great experience anyway. It was served chilled in the glass and you could taste a hint of spice. The pickled kohlrabi was refreshing – both sweet and sour – and I thought it’s quite a dynamic dish overall. The portion seemed small to me at first, but I was actually full by the end of the meal. However, I thought that both the Campfire Breakfast and “BLT” were too expensive for the price we paid for.

"BLT" ($16.50)

“BLT” ($16.50)


Location: 35 Market Street, South Melbourne, VIC, Australia (3205)

Contact number: +61 3 9686 2255

Website: Dead Man Espresso

Operating hours: Mon-Fri: 7am – 4pm

Sat-Sun: 8am – 4pm

** Kitchen closes at 3pm everyday **

Posted by: V

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