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Time for another breakfast round-up around suburban Melbourne. This time, we take a focus on Melbourne’s bayside suburbs in the inner city.

The places I’m talking about have quick turnovers, good coffee, awesome food as well as efficient and friendly service.

Who are they? These three sure aren’t strangers to the locals and probably needs no introduction from me as you would have come across them from other reads and reviews, however I wanted to share with you a few of my favourite things (cue song and dance from The Sound of Music) such as pork belly, bacon, corn fritters and lamb!

Here we go!

Dead Man EspressoSouth Melbourne, Vic

First cab off the rank would have to be my favourite. I love Dead Man Espresso for its coffee, location, coffee, decoration and oh yeah, coffee.

Indeed that was all I ever did whenever we dropped in for a visit. We had coffee. We always seem to drop by after eating somewhere else, during tea time (afternoon tea, not dinner) with visitors and guests or as a pit stop before heading into the city for errands.

I’m not sure why it took us that long to finally realised that we have never properly done a food review here before. I remember having lunch there once, but as neither of us packed the camera, the pictures sit in a forgotten archive of iPhone pictures.

The last time we visited DME (acronyms are the way of the future), was when the Boy bundled me into the car early in the morning for a surprise trip to Melbourne Zoo! I love visiting animals and learning more about them. At one stage in my life, I had wanted to be a vet. That got knocked out of my system pretty early on (Asian Parent), which was a pity as I really love animals!

The Boy knows this and he secretly plans for surprise visits for me, be at the zoo, aquarium, wildlife sanctuary or even to observe them in the wild natural habitat. I’m marrying the right guy!

Because he wanted to head out pretty early to avoid the crowds that would surge the zoo as it was school holiday season, he needed to find a cafe that served good coffee (I’m cranky in the mornings before my fuel), was on the way to the zoo and was opened for breakfast. DME was the natural choice for us 🙂

We had a couple of the house blend lattes from Seven Seeds, a pour-over coffee using Obata (Brazil) beans carrying intense big flavours of sweet sugar cane and port wine with a unique high acidity for Brazillian coffee and finishing off with a take away piccolo for me (told you I needed my fuel).

The Boy had the mouth-watering and jaw-hinging BLT – Pork Belly & Spinach Puree on Brioche with a side of Gazpacho ($16.50). When I first had it, I literally had to think about how I could fit it in my gob. It also is one of the most sinful and delicious sandwiches I’ve had to date. The pork belly just melts in your mouth.

On the morning we were heading to the zoo, I wanted a light breakfast and ordered the Crepes with Candied Apple, Milk Jam & Vanilla Bean Marscarpone. Not something I would order normally, as I am very much a fried/poached eggs and bacon sorta gal, but I needed and wanted something light and sweet that morning.

Light, sweet, fluffy colours, and pink unicorns was what came to me as I quietly enjoyed my crepes. They were the lightest crepes I have ever had. All the flavours of apple, milk, macerated berries, fresh strawberries and marscarpone only highlighted how deliciously light the crepes were. I was in crepe heaven.

It’s a pity they have taken it off the menu.

Another item we like from their menu is the Herb & Potato Rosti with Poached Egg, Avocado & Istra Bacon ($18.50). If you are out for some super duper crispy hash browns, DME’s is the place to go for it!

So simple yet so delicious.

Notable Notes: There are heaps of cyclists who come by and I notice bicycle racks for them, so cycle in and have some brekkie or lunch 🙂

*Disclaimer: All food ratings & review are purely based on my own experiences and how I feel about the service, food and quality at the time of visit

Food/ Cuisine: Breakfast, Lunch, Coffee
Dining Style: Cafe
Overall Food Rating (Based on the Dining style): 7.75/10
Restaurant ambiance: 7.5/10
Service/ Attitude: 7.5/10
Value for money: 7.5/10

Opening Hours:
Monday to Thursday, 7:00am to 4:oopm
Friday, 7:00am to 10:00pm (Beer Burger Brew from 5:30pm)
Saturday & Sunday, 8:00am to 4:00pm

35 Market Street
South Melbourne VIC 3205

Tel: (03) 9686 2255


Twitter: @DeadManEspresso

How to get there:

Dead Man Espresso on Urbanspoon


Mart 130Middle Park, Vic

In our quest for finding the right corn fritters, we have journeyed near and far around Melbourne (Coin Laundry, Replete Providore, Monk Bodhi Dharma, Axil Coffee Roasters and Q Eleven).

Most recently our quest brought us to Mart 130. It was a very wintry morning and the wait for a table although a short 15 minutes, felt an eternity in the blasting cold winds.

We noticed that the tables outside facing the tram tracks, patrons were provided with thick warm blankets to wrap themselves in, in lieu of proper electric heating.

Mart 130 (spells Tram backwards) is the old station master’s building which was converted to this quaint and adorable cafe overlooking Tram Stop 130 on the route No. 96 to St Kilda.

When they finally called our names, we quickly huddled in past the cosy little room, onto the covered patio outside which overlooks the Albert Park sports ground and tennis courts.

It was cold, oh so cold, so the Boy had an English Breakfast Tea whilst I warmed myself with a Latte & Chai Latte.

The Chai Latte was lovely and sweet, but I felt it could have been spicier 🙂

French Toast ($16.90) made with Organic Brioche served with Grilled Bacon & Maple Syrup.

Oven Roasted Corn Fritters ($17.90) with Grilled Bacon, Tomato Relish, Sour Cream & Coriander.

The Boy went with the French Toast which was fluffy and airy, which was to be expected as it was a brioche. He mentioned that the maple syrup was delicious and when we looked at the bottle, we were happy to note that it was the real 100% Canadian maple syrup and not the watered down versions you find in most places.

My corn fritters were excellent and a great contender for the “best of Melbourne corn fritters” play-off. It was compact and extremely fulfilling. I literally growled at the Boy as he took a whole corn fritter away from me! *ROAR* No one steals my corn fritters! But he distracted me quite easily with crispy bacon bits from his plate 🙂

*Disclaimer: All food ratings & review are purely based on my own experiences and how I feel about the service, food and quality at the time of visit

Food/ Cuisine: Breakfast & Lunch
Dining Style: Cafe
Overall Food Rating (Based on the Dining style): 7.25/10
Restaurant ambiance: 7/10 (it’s probably best you visit this place in warmer months if cold is not your thing)
Service/ Attitude: 7.5/10 (staff were lovely and apologetic about the cold, which was out of their control)
Value for money: 7.25/10

Opening Hours:
Monday to Sunday, 7:30am – 5:00pm

107 Canterbury Road
Middle Park VIC 3206

Tel: (03) 9690 8831

How to get there:

Mart 130 on Urbanspoon


Miss JacksonSt. Kilda, Vic

“I’m sorry Miss Jackson [Oooh!]
I am for real!”

That OUTKAST song plays in my head every single time someone mentions Miss Jackson. Named after the side street which it is tucked on, Jackson Street, this missy ain’t needing apologies from anyone.

I was surprised that on the day the Boy and I visited, it was fairly empty bar two other tables. We were relatively early for lunch one Saturday so maybe it was just a slow day for the local punters.

It is quite hidden away from the main strip of restaurants, bars, tuck shops on Fitzroy Street, which may have accounted for the relatively quiet lunchtime as well.

Staff didn’t seem to be fazed by it and were very chirpy and helpful whilst we were on their premises 🙂

Za’atar Lamb & Quinoa Salad ($16.00) with Chargrilled Eggplant, Zucchini & Yoghurt.

Corn Fritters ($15.00) with Bacon, Avocado, Roasted Vine Tomatoes and Homemade Chilli Jam.

I had a very delicious lamb and quinoa salad which I couldn’t go past once I saw it was there on the menu. The quinoa was beautifully cooked and everything went really well with the chargrilled eggplant.

For the first time ever, I probably passed on having the corn fritters (as there was lamb to be had!) but I made sure I swayed the Boy towards ordering it so that I could have a taste.

The corn fritters were crispy and the chilli jam was awesome. I almost had a moment of greedy food envy which tore me apart as I was enjoying my lamb salad! *sigh* so much #firstworldproblems to be had.

I would love to come back to devour the corn fritters on my own next!

*Disclaimer: All food ratings & review are purely based on my own experiences and how I feel about the service, food and quality at the time of visit

Food/ Cuisine: Breakfast & Lunch
Dining Style: Cafe
Overall Food Rating (Based on the Dining style): 7.5/10
Restaurant ambiance: 7.5/10
Service/ Attitude: 7.5/10
Value for money: 7.5/10

Opening Hours:
Tuesday to Sunday, 7:00am – 4:00pm

2/19 Grey Street (enter from Jackson Street)
St Kilda VIC 3182

Tel: (03) 9534 8415


Twitter: @missjacksoncafe

How to get there:

Miss Jackson on Urbanspoon


The Breakfast Joints:

*A: Dead Man Espresso; B: Mart 130; C: Miss Jackson