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Any place that has Black pudding on it’s brunch menu gets bonus points in my book. There’s just something to be said for a good blood sausage to get the day going.

As Katie and I were in South Melbourne to pick up some baby related things that Katie had bought off EBay, we decided to grab some brunch at Dead Man Espresso. I didn’t know anything about the place, but Katie had heard some good things. We got there at about 12ish, so a little bit after the normal brunch rush and grabbed a seat inside. The one issue I have with a lot of café’s is that their tables are just too cramped. With Katie being 39 weeks along, it was pretty hard to navigate through the tables let alone sit down at the cramped bench table- although the waitress was very friendly and helpful. Once we had finished with the human Tetris process and had finally squeezed in, we ordered our tea and coffee and browsed the menu. When I saw the Campfire hotplate item on the menu had Black pudding I was pretty sure I knew what I was getting – it came with bacon, potato and kale hash, mushrooms, tomato’s, toast & fried eggs along with the Black pud ($22.50 from memory). Katie opted for the Potato & kale hash which came with grilled kaiserfleisch & fried eggs($19.50). Neither of the items were on the cheap side, but I guess these are more interesting than your usual fare so I figure it’s worth the slight premium.

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My Brunch came out on a sizzling skillet – great idea… Except on the tiny table, which was already overflowing with my tea pot and tea cup, Katie’s coffee and the water jug, glasses etc… the skillet becomes this dangerous burning plate of pain. I scalded myself a couple of times… but it was worth it. The plate was overflowing with food – the toast didn’t even fit, and the hash and black pudding were hiding underneath. It started to look like value for money to be honest. The black pudding was lovely, well spiced with a slight sweet note to counter the richness. The bacon was good quality, smokey and thickly cut – but they only gave me the short cut, would have been nice to get the streaky section. The Potato and Kale hash was also delicious, and with the mushrooms and tomato’s rounding out the dish I think we have a winner here.  Yes, there are a lot of great brunch options in South Melbourne, but I tell you what, I wouldn’t be complaining if I found myself at Dead Man Espresso for Brunch again.

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Katie found a gem with this one – Fordham’s Milk bar, is a lovely café and actual milk bar located in Camberwell, not far from Hartwell train station. After all the moving and baby stuff lately, Katie and I needed some time to just sit and relax and have a nice brunch. Thankfully, Katie suggested Fordham’s – which is not too far from us. As it was a nice warm day we decided to sit outside and enjoy the breeze. I was pretty hungry so I order the big breakfast which comes with eggs, toast, sausage, bacon, roasted tomatoes, mushrooms and spinach. Katie ordered a breakfast burrito and then a croissant. Both meals were really delicious. Apparently Katie’s coffee was good, my tea was nice – but then it’s hard to stuff that up – although I did like the fact that it was loose leaf tea and the water was nice and hot.

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You can also probably see that I got an order of the Boston baked beans on the side as well. Whilst they were nothing like “Boston” baked beans I’ve had in Boston, they were still amazingly scrumptious. The crumbled feta added a nice sharp note and spice blend on the beans was really good. not sure if I’d call them Boston Baked Beans though… Everything else on my plate was executed exceptionally well. The scrambled eggs were done nicely, creamy and not dry at all. The sausages were excellent and had a nice flame-grilled flavour. The mushrooms were lovely and even the spinach was nice. I’d go back in a heart-beat. Apparently they have a burger as well. I know where my next burger adventure is taking me… Highly recommended.

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