Sunday, 2 August 2015

Demitri's Feast, Richmond

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Demitri's Feast is a Greek Cafe in Richmond on Swan Street, conveniently located at a tram stop on line 70 and also close to Church St and East Richmond station. I was actually recommended to visit this place by a colleague at work, and was very happy with the experience here.

The cafe doesn't seem very big, and we were lucky enough to get the last table for three at the bench by the window facing outside, unless we wanted to wait another 15-20 minutes for an actual table. The cafe is cosy, with the front half of the cafe having minimal decorations apart from a shelf of art pieces, and the back half full of framed photos/art. Music plays in the background, and together with the sounds of the coffee machine and chatter from the customers makes for a lively but not too noisy atmosphere. Service was decent for the most part, though it did take awhile to catch the attention of the staff when we wanted to order, as it was quite busy.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Snow Pony, Balwyn

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Snow Pony is a popular cafe in Balwyn, easily accessible by tram 109. The cafe is probably most well known for its toasted banana bread with a berry compote and topped with pistachios, which I had on my first visit here.

Even though it doesn't look very big, the cafe does have a lot of seats, as past the initial area there's an outdoor area that's fully covered, another interior area and then another outdoor area after that. We sat in the outdoor area that was fully covered, so it was still relatively warm and still allowed for the natural light to come through. The atmosphere was quite lively as it was very busy when we went on a Saturday morning, with upbeat music also playing in the background.

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Eis Japanese Restaurant, Albert Park

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Eis is a small Japanese restaurant in Albert Park, close to the famous Andrew's Burger joint and easily accessible by tram 1. I was lucky enough to be invited by head chef Hiro to try out some of their famous dishes, and had an enjoyable experience here.

The restaurant has a modern feel to it, with contemporary jazz music playing in the background and mood lighting. The seats are really comfortable and there are simple decorations on the wall; one side has a whole shelf of wine bottles, and the other a large wooden plank. The restaurant itself isn't very big, and at most seats about 30 people. The staff were attentive and friendly, though there was quite a bit of wait for our food to come, even though it wasn't busy at all when we went on a Friday night.

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Trinitas Thai, Camberwell

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Trinitas Thai is a relatively well known Thai restaurant in Camberwell, about a five minute walk from Camberwell Station and easily accessible by tram 72. The restaurant prides itself on traditional, contemporary and fusion thai dishes that are authentic and diverse.

The restaurant has an air of sophistication to it, with mood lighting and jazz music playing softly in the background. There are simple photos on one wall of ingredients, and a large mirror on one side. Staff are friendly and helpful, recommending certain dishes and making sure our water glasses were never empty.

Between Us, Canterbury

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Between Us is a cosy cafe in the Maling Road shopping strip, about a five minute walk from Canterbury Station. It prides itself on being a cafe  that is 'your own slice of respite' and allows you to unwind and relax.

The environment and atmosphere of the cafe does give a very warm, open and family oriented feel. The decor is very simple, with lights and pot plants hanging from the ceiling, and large photos on one wall. There's quite a lot of seats in the cafe even though it looks quite small from the front; there are couch seats to one side and a range of smaller tables on the other, as well as a larger communal table. The staff were attentive and friendly, and there wasn't too long of a wait for the food.