How a Messy Apartment led us to the Holy Grail of Sweet Breakfasts

October 29, 2010

A couple of weekends ago, our little apartment (and I mean little, a.k.a one bedroom) was overwhelmingly messy. Anyone who has lived in a small apartment will understand this dilemma. With a lack of storage space, things pile up pretty easily and before you know it, you’re living in junk yard – albeit a homely junk yard. Harry Potter fans will understand when I say it somewhat affectionately resembled the Room of Requirement.

Rather than slave away tirelessly cleaning, we decided to make a run for it and spend the day out and about. We hopped from café to café, one of my favourite past-times, and finally got around to checking out some local Japanese and Indian grocery stores, where we stocked up on noodles and spices. We also went to a couple of open house inspections – possibly driven by a sudden desire to permanently vacate our less-than-humble abode (sans the clean-up duty) and inhabit another.

Lunch involved a fun Pho date with my parents, and playing at Springvale market – markets are my favourite playground. Sauntering along the vibrantly coloured fruits, super fresh seafood and exotic, gelatinous sweets provided much entertainment.

Once dinner time rolled around, possibly fuelled by hunger, we felt strong enough to enter the junk yard. Our rumbling tummies informed us that we wanted Indian take-out. Naturally, we obliged. After picking up a Vindaloo, Byriani and some Roti, we bravely headed inside. Our strategy was to confine ourselves to the least messy room and stay there. And so, we barracaded ourselves in the bedroom. We made a little cubby out of a sheet, which is something I have liked to do since I was a child, and cozied up on our bed, eating curry and watching Iron Man 2 on the computer. Quite the fun night in. If our apartment were clean, we would have probably eaten on the couch like normal people, what fun is that?!

Come Sunday morning, however, the sun shone brightly through the blinds, taunting us with it’s UV spotlight as it highlighted our messy home (which was now even more messy thanks to my ingenious idea of tying a sheet to four corners of the room with rope to make said cubby). Our solution was to own up to our messiness and get to work – tidying, dusting, vacuuming and scrubbing. Ok, no, that is completely untrue. Our solution was to get the hell out of there, again!

Our tummies were grumbling once more, they tend to do that a lot, and my mind wandered to a Greek inspired eatery I had been wanting to visit. I jumped with excitement and hungry anticipation as I recalled a review in the Age of this café that serves what can only be described as the Holy Grail of sweet breakfasts. Brace yourselves…the dish I speak of… is Backlava French Toast *pause for gasps*. And so, as though we were Bonnie and Clyde fleeing the Clean Apartment Police, we made the Pilgrimage to this Holy Place in Richmond, Demitri’s Feast.

You cannot make reservations at this cute little spot, yet we only had to wait a minute or so before being seated on this a busy Sunday during Brunch O’Clock. We were led to our bright red table and perched on used Greek produce tins that had been converted to seats. The atmosphere was relaxed, and we found ourselves happily immersed in this cheerful little corner, eyeing off all the Greek-infused touches adorning the walls and benches (including some delightful looking Kourabiedes).

Although I knew what I was going to order, I browsed the menu picking out what to have next visit – I was certain there would be one. The friendly staff served us lovely coffee, and the food came soon afterwards. Dare I say I would have liked service to be a little slower, in order to spend even more time with Ben at this great little café, reminiscing about our times together in Greece *sigh* and indulging in what can only be described as, the Holy Grail of Sweet Breakfasts *double sigh*…

Thick slices of French Toast, scattered with crushed walnuts, topped with thick Greek yoghurt and drizzled with orange honey syrup…

It was everything you would imagine it to be. The yoghurt was a lovely addition, and the orange honey syrup was incredible. After some research, I found out the bread was Tsoureki – a sweet, brioche-like Greek bread.

Ben ordered eggs with spinach, salmon and dill. He didn’t feel like a sweet breakfast. Weirdo. He did, however, happily finished my plate. Ben rated his eggs, especially the salmon with dill, although his breakfast was decidedly less attractive to photograph (the lighting was not great for photography in general).

Ben also got a Spanakopita to take away for dinner later that week. I was away for work, so I missed out. It was apparently delicious, though he prefered Hellenic Republic’s Spanakopita. I guess I’ll have to try it myself and see. Although not next visit, first I need to try the Semolina Pancakes with rose jam, pistachios, Greek yoghurt and orange honey syrup. Can there be two Holy Grails?…

Heidi xo

14 Comments

  • Reply laurak October 29, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    I empathise entirely with you about the difficulties of handling messiness in a small apartment! My apartment is actually more akin to Harry's Cupboard Under The Stairs I would say, although when I'm hanging sheets to dry over furniture and exercise equipment, it resembles the Room of Requirement too!
    Demitri's is amazing, I've been there too.. although I suffered afterwards for my indulgences there, it was absolutely delicious!
    🙂 Laura

  • Reply Chanel11 October 29, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    I have been dying to eat brekky there ever since I heard of that baklava toast – glad to know it's as good as it's been told to be

  • Reply Leah October 29, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    Oh my goodness, i'm moving states! 🙂 I'm drooling looking at the pics of the baklava toast! and the semolina pancakes sounds great also.

  • Reply My Restaurants Melbourne October 29, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    I am craving that finch toast, with the orange honey syrup!! I think I need some now!

  • Reply The InTolerant Chef October 29, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    I have a four bedroom home, what's my excuse for messiness?

  • Reply Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear October 30, 2010 at 3:05 am

    I totally feel you with the small apartment and messiness. We live in a one ROOM apartment and it's really hard to keep it tidy with 2 persons worth of stuff. I'm dreaming about a bigger one but we still have a few obstacles before we can move, but at least we're saving money this way!

  • Reply Heidi October 30, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Laura – Oh my, not the cupboard under the stairs! hehe

    Chanel – it is fabulous, the quality of the ingredients are great, and it just works!

    Leah – totally move worthy 🙂

    My Restaurants Melbourne – I am obsessed with that orange syrup, must try to make my own.

    InTolerant Chef – you're too busy being fabulous and making yummy things to worry about messiness?… 🙂

    Anne – A one ROOM? Oh my, I have nothing to complain about then. & you're right, it is great to be able to save lots, that's why were doing it.

    Heidi xo

  • Reply Kath October 30, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Little apartments are so difficult to keep in a good state! I can understand that so well because I have lived in tiny apartments for years.

    Food looks so good – as always!

  • Reply Anna Johnston October 30, 2010 at 11:05 am

    Love your priorities girlfriend 😉 A woman after my own heart. As we speak I've managed to somehow 'not notice' the pile of dirty washing & more than the odd coffee cup on the sink & disappeared down to the coast for a couple of nights – yep., I know it'll be there waiting for me when I get home, but there's something deliciously wicked about running away for the weekend & leaving your troubles behind you. Loved your cafe hopping antics…, I'm about to do the same thing today.

  • Reply Hannah October 30, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Oooh, my favourite breakfast out is usually poached eggs on toast with salmon, but I have to side with you this time! That French Toast looks AMAZING.

  • Reply T. October 30, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    You are too cute. Your cubby sounds adorable and cosy! I can totally relate to the small apartment clutter, though. I like to keep the living room/kitchen area really tidy (especially because I share with a flatmate) but my room is often a BOMB of random possessions because I have no storage space!

    That breakfast looks AMAZING. I'd love to be able to try it!

  • Reply Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets October 31, 2010 at 1:40 am

    Baklava french toast sounds like heaven for sure. What a great discovery!

  • Reply Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella October 31, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    hehe been there done that with the one bedroom apartment! Especially since hubby likes to collect things 😛 I like how you dealt with it-fun! 🙂

  • Reply The InTolerant Chef October 31, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Oh it's like you know me so well!! Ha ha!

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