Demitri's Feast, Richmond

12/23/2015 , 0 Comments

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.

The menu is seasonal, and there's a good range of sweet and savoury dishes, as well as drinks and a display counter. The dishes we went with were the Baklava French Toast ($15), Ouzo Cured Salmon ($18) and the Baked Eggs ($18). We also got a drink each; a latte ($3.80), chai latte ($4.50) and an European hot chocolate ($4). The chai latte was a lot spicier than the average chai latte and it tasted like there was a larger array of spices in it. The honey added a different touch to the latte as well, but was overall an enjoyable drink. The hot chocolate was a lot thicker than the average hot chocolate; and I pretty much had to use a spoon to drink it, but it was really enjoyable with just the right amount of sweetness and warmth for a cold winter's day.

The Baklava French Toast came with walnut, vanilla yoghurt and an orange blossom syrup. The addition of the sour yoghurt helped ensure the dish wasn't too sweet, and in general the flavours combined well. In particular, the spice of the cinnamon and the sweet orange blossom contrasted well, and the walnut gave the dish a nice crunch.

The Ouzo Cured Salmon was served with dill, whipped feta, spinach and eggs. The salmon was quite salty, and it felt like there wasn't much of it in comparison to the rest of the dish. By contrast, there was quite a lot of spinach in the dish, and there was also only one slice of toast to go with the whole dish. The eggs were cooked perfectly though, with the yolk oozing out when cut into.

The Baked Eggs consisted of sweet and sour roasted peppers and black pudding, and was served with a slice of toast on the side. This dish was different to most baked egg dishes I've had that are tomato based, but was really enjoyable even for someone who isn't the biggest fan of capsicum. The black pudding (blood sausage) was crumbly and a little salty, but added a good flavour and texture to the dish. The slice of bread on the side was grilled and drizzled with olive oil, and had a good crunch to it. It helped balanced out the heavier flavours of the dish, and didn't have too hard of a crust.

Overall it was an enjoyable experience here at Demitri's Feast, with friendly and attentive staff. I'd definitely like to come again to try some of the other dishes, or perhaps to see what other dishes are added to the menu when Spring comes around.

Ambience: 8/10
Service: 8/10
Food: 8/10
Price: $$

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