Demitri’s Feast is a gem along the many eateries on Swan Street. It dishes up all-day breakfasts, heartier lunches and daily specials, all with a Greek influence. I had taken my brother and sister-in-law a couple years ago and we enjoyed the food tremendously. I had my eye on the sweet breakfast dishes and succumbed to the semolina pancakes with rosewater syrup. It was fluffy and rich and heavenly. Sometime later I found out that the other choice of baklava French toast was simply to die for, and I knew I had to return.
The Angmoh, Fakebooo and I visited one Sunday for lunch. Booo had just knocked off work, The Angmoh had completed a rowing session along the Yarra and I had woken early for gym and a long walk with the Sausage. We brought with us an immense appetite.
The courtyard is quirkily decorated in a pleasantly quaint fashion with suspended green bottles housing colourful flowers, recycled olive oil containers as seats, and an odd variety of plants along the back wall (there’s even kiwi!).
Booo’s dish of smashed avocado had all the basic breakfast elements: avo, bacon, tomatoes, egg and toast. While the avocado was “smashed” to a smithereened-paste, the overall dish was tasty and generous.
I liked my pie dish. The sweet leeks and fresh herbs contrasted nicely with the cheeses, and it was all housed in a buttery flaky pastry. It has a filling of leek, instead of spinach, and resembles Spanakopita, which I’ve yet to try.
The Angmoh decided to try one of the daily specials. His dish of grilled tongue, albeit slightly on the small side, was full of flavour and extremely delicious. He speedily polished all of it up, decided it wasn’t enough and had some fruit toast to complete his lunch.
Booo and I went halvsies on the Baklava French toast. I suspect as it was approaching closing time, we were given the last of the brioche. Not that we were complaining, each slice was fat and thick and extremely fluffy. Drowned in orange blossom syrup, it was sweet buttery heaven.
Demitri’s Feast has been around for quite a while. It is unassuming, very pleasant and offers a certain comforting ambience to enjoy delicious Greek fare.