There are the obvious attractive qualities of the language that is pirate but nobody makes mention of the diet that is pirate. In fact, pirates are widely known for scurvy, which is not considered a good thing and evokes such ugly imagery as yellowed teeth, absent limbs and jaundice. All aboard the wood panelled ship-like marvel that is Dead Man Espresso docked in South Melbourne. The arrrr-chitecture, coffee and breakfast will blow you away (and the man down... don’t pretend you’re not impressed by my repertoire of pirate dictum). It’s busy so we brave the wind and are seated outside on the deck shivering in our timbers (?).
The buttermilk pancakes with roof top honeycomb and white chocolate crumb is an obvious stand out until my one unpatched eye strays delightfully south towards the pork belly & spinach puree on brioche with a side of gazpacho. BANG. Dead man. Pork belly seldom disappoints and Dead Man’s adaptation of what they call a BLT is a pleasure. The gazpacho is a refreshing chaser and a curious accompaniment.
This is not authentic pirate fare as I suspect authentic pirate fare would include more fish and much more rum. Though, if you want fish there is the herb & potato rosti with poached egg, avocado and smoked salmon. These ingredients are often familiar on every breakfast menu in the 3 thousand postcodes but it is so well received and for good reason.
I jumped ship with a scone and an espresso sized takeaway cup with my dead man jam and cream – for later. And by later I mean in the car on the way home. But intermittent bites at red lights because I am responsible.
So get ye to this place because I know you’re about to stab me in the face if I make another pirate reference.
Dead Man Espresso
35 Market St
South Melbourne VIC 3205
(03) 9686 2255