As a change from our city breakfast catch-ups, B, Z and I decided to meet up for mid-week breakfast in Richmond. Demitri’s Feast won The Age’s Cheap Eats breakfast of the year 2010 and I have been told that as a result, the place is incredibly busy on the weekend. Unfortunately, I had also read a few reviews where there was comment that Demitri’s popularity seemed to be its undoing, with the food suffering from the frantic pace. We thought that a sneaky mid-week breakfast at Demitri’s would therefore be a stress free way of testing it out.
Demitri’s opens at 7.30am and we arrived shortly thereafter. It was very quiet, except for the deliveries that were arriving. While the lunch menu is more straightforward Greek cuisine, the breakfast menu has a Greek twist on the normal breakfast fare, think semolina pancakes with Greek yoghurt ($11), poached eggs with Ouzo ($15.5) and baclava french toast ($11).
B was very happy with her sage mushrooms with manouri cheese, toasted almonds and rocket on sourdough $12.5:
I went for the Greek omelette ($14.5), which looked a little sad, unadorned on its plate (the waitress apologised that they were out of rocket, which was fine, though a little strange given it was on B’s plate above):
While the omelette looked a little sad (and reminded me a little of another omelette fiasco) it was delicious, I loved the spicy, fennel scented pork sausage and richness from the cheese. It was also quite filling thanks to the potatoes.
Z went for the scrambled eggs with goat’s cheese feta and oregano roasted tomatoes on toast ($13.5):
Z reported that the scrambled eggs were pleasingly runny and from the forkful I tasted, I enjoyed the creaminess of the slightly sour feta.
All in all, a pretty positive breakfast experience. My only qualm was that service was quite slow, which was a little odd given that for the majority of the time we were the only customers. Nonetheless, I would definitely come back again mid-week, particularly for the cinnamon crumble or the Greek rice pudding.
141 Swan St, Richmond
(03) 9428 8659