And not in a dead-because-the-brunch-experience-was-incredibly-awesome. More of dead-because-omg-they-are-so-slow-i-am-so-hungry-i-will-kill-someone.
Maybe (just maybe) I am being over-dramatic and maybe it was just a bad day for them, but this definitely was not the best brunch experience for me.
I mean, do try out this place. You might be luckier than we were.
From the outside, it looks massive and really modern. But inside, it is small, rustic and somewhat cozy with all the wooden table tops and decos.
I have read heaps of amazing reviews of this place and it really got my hopes up. Heard the coffee was great (which it was) and food was delicious (beg to differ).
For coffee, you had a choice of their house blend (Seven Seeds) or guest blend (Market Lane). Thankfully it was nice and hot.
As for the food, now that is a different story.
I was debating between the ever-so-popular BLT - pork belly and spinach puree on brioche with a side of gazpacho or the herb and potato rosti with poached egg, avocado and Istra bacon (or smoked salmon, whichever you fancy). A and I had it with the Istra bacon. C had the smoked salmon.
C and I thought that the potato rosti was over-the-top salty, while A's was bland. Also, it was probably overcooked because it was really tough. When we (yeah, 3 of us ordered the same dish) cut into the rosti, we noticed it wasn't light and fluffy on the inside like most blogs described it. R ordered the special omelet with zuchinni and toast on the side. He left half of it. Wasn't sure if he liked the dish or not.
To top of the not-so-impressive food, service was...slow. Very...very...slow.
It took forever for A to get his filtered coffee. Maybe...30 minutes? Seriously. 30 minutes for filtered coffee?
And by the time C and I finished our coffee, our food still hadn't arrive. From the time we ordered to the time where we got our meal, it was probably a good 30 minutes wait. It didn't help that we were starving and our coffee took awhile as well.
So, will I go back? Probably not.
But that's just me.
Dead Man Espresso
35 Market Street
(03) 9686 2255