Demitri’s Delicious Pancakes

March 19, 2011

A couple of Saturdays ago, we revisited Demitri’s Feast. It was a necessary visit. You see, I had been dreaming about their pancakes for months, longing to try them.

These aren’t just any pancakes, they’re Semolina Pancakes with thick Greek yoghurt, rose jam, pistachios and orange honey syrup. Oh yes. And so, as soon as we had a free morning, we headed straight to this cute little café.

We were seated out the back in their little courtyard. It’s a little cozy back there, but we didn’t mind. It was a beautiful Saturday morning and the sun was already shining brightly – one of those kinds of days…

We ordered coffee to start. Ben went with a Freddo, which is an espresso shot mixed with ice, plus milk and sugar as desired. We both had our first Freddo in Silicy in 2009, right in the middle of the Italian summer. We craved something cool, but didn’t want to forgo our morning coffee. And thus, we discovered the amazing Freddo.

I went with a skinny latte, although I kind of wish I ordered the Freddo. No reflection on the coffee, which was actually wonderful, I just wanted a Freddo! Plus it is fun to say…

Not long after we had finished our coffees, our breakfast came out.

Pancakes, oh glorious pancakes, how sweet you are…

After my first bite I had to put my knife and fork down and breathe, I was simply overwhelmed with happiness and excitement! I have a tendancy to be a bit dramatic, but I don’t feel I am exaggerating here. It was necessary to savour every morsel in utter rapture.

The semolina gave the pancakes a light, grainy, sandy texture. And they were insanely fluffy and airy, which was very fortunate. Why? Well, you get a little jug of orange honey syrup to pour over your pancakes. This fluffy texture created grooves in the pancakes, into which the syrup would seep in an oh so sensuous manner. Sigh. It was a thing of beauty. The yoghurt served atop of the pancakes was a welcome departure from the saccharine syrup. Crushed pistachios are just the icing on top of the pancake.

I could only finish half of my plate (if that), the serve is very big. But at $13.50, the price is fabulous – Demitri’s Feast is so affordable and the quality outstanding.

Ben tried the Omeletta. It was deliciously fluffy, although perhaps slightly overcooked for our liking. The omelette was filled with fried potato cubes, Greek sausage and kefalograviera. All these strong flavours were punctuated, but they weren’t overwhelming. The sausage had a lovely sweet bite to it. The omelette was served with roquette and toasted sourdough. Ben also ordered a side of the sage mushrooms, which were quite yummy too, and not overly oily.

We skipped away (well, I skipped) feeling far more than content. We were elated, charmed by Demitri’s Feast. Our little meal was a beautiful start to a glorious day. And isn’t that what breakfast should be?

Heidi xo
  • msihua March 19, 2011 at 10:13 am

    OooOOo.. this sounds like a great place to spend a Sunday morning relaxing away drenched in syrup!! YuM!

  • Blithely Unaware March 19, 2011 at 10:38 am

    I love semi freddo!!!
    Wooooo!!!

    The pancakes look SO lovely and fluffy, delicious.

    Where is Demitri's Feast? I'm going to gooooogle it now 🙂

    Have a gorgeous weekend H&B; as I'm sure you both will.

  • Heidi March 19, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Msihua – haha, exactly – a perfect place to relax, whilst drenched in syrup 🙂

    Blithely Unaware – They were amazing!! I linked to Dimitri's Feast's website up the top (probably not clearly enough though) – it is in Richmond, Swan street. I hope you guys have a fabulous weekend too, H&M; 🙂 Can't wait to see what you get up too!

    Heidi xo

  • KittyCate March 19, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    LOL for a minute I thought you meant you ordered a freddo (frog) 😀 The real Freddo sounds delish! Those pancakes look truly amazing, now I want to make pancakes for breakfast tomorrow! About to go trawling back through your blog archives for a good recipe hehe xx

  • Hannah March 19, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Teehee, as if anyone could possibly want the omelette after your rhapsodised so beautifully about the pancakes! Glorious!

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella March 19, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    OMG those pancakes… just the description made my mouth water there. And then came the pics 😮

  • Heidi March 19, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Cate – I've just re-done my recipe section, hopefully that helps! My current fav is the pumpkin spice pancakes, although the classic buttermilk is beautiful. How fun 🙂

    Hannah – hehe awe thanks 🙂

    Lorraine – you'll have to try them when you're next down our way!

    Heidi xo

  • Michelle Chin March 19, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Semolina pancakes! That would be my first time. Do you live near richmond?

  • Heavenly Ingredients March 19, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    those look so special. can't believe you only managed half that portion after all the build up!

  • The InTolerant Chef March 19, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    I'd love the recipe for those pancakes, yumm…

  • Heidi March 20, 2011 at 7:20 am

    Michelle – no, I wish 🙂 It takes us ~20 minutes to drive there.

    Laura – I know, I blame it on the milky coffee at the start!

    InTolerant Chef – me too!!

    Heidi xo

  • Indie.Tea March 20, 2011 at 8:01 am

    Those sound INCREDIBLE – the pancakes that is. The yogurt, the rose and orange-honey. OMG…

  • Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets March 21, 2011 at 5:34 am

    I love these middle eastern flavored pancakes. How exotic and amazing tasting they must've been =D.

  • Heidi March 21, 2011 at 7:34 am

    Indie.Tea – it was such a gorgeous combination…

    Xiaolu – indeed 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • Anna March 21, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Oh, I have been TOTALLY dreaming about pancakes, you've inspired the chef to resurface, Im off to the kitchen to make. 🙂
    PS: Im with Bec, Id love the recipe for these little babies.

  • Chanelle March 25, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Oohhh, so that's what a Freddo is. I saw them on cafe menus in America and I had never heard of them before, so I always presumed it was just coffee with Freddo chocolate in it, haha.