Sunday Sardines at Demitri’s Feast

July 13, 2011

Last weekend Ben and I went to Demitri’s Feast for Sunday brunch. It had been months since our last visit, where I swooned over Semolina Pancakes, and the time before that, when I fell for Backlava French Toast. This time, call me crazy, I was craving something savoury. Sardines, in fact. Sunday Sardines.

Sardines are incredibly good for you, being full of vitamin D and the Omega 3 fats EPA and DHA. I really should eat more oily fish… the aim is to eat two to three serves of per week (oily fish being salmon, tuna steaks, trout, mackerel, herring, sardines and anchovies) and I know I don’t quite eat this much. So when a sardine craving rolls around, I roll right along with it. Even if it is before noon on a Sunday, when by all normal accounts I should be eating pancakes

Once we secured a little table in the courtyard out the back, I ordered a Skim Latte, which was perfect, as always. Ben went for something a little different, a European-Style Thick Hot Chocolate. Not quite as good as the ones we delighted in on our two European adventures, but it was still a really yummy thick hot chocolate.

Here they are, my sardines. Not just any sardines, these were Sardines with Saffron Sweet and Sour Peppers on Toasted Sourdough, with Parsley and Extra Virgin Olive Oil. We also got a Poached Egg to go on top for some extra deliciousness. The saffron peppers were lovely and sweet, not so sour, and a truly beautiful accompaniment to the sardines. Oh and the extra virgin olive oil was supremely delicious – the generous drizzle was very welcome.

The other dish we got was Smashed Avocado with Free Range Bacon and Confit Cherry Tomatoes, plus a Poached Egg. This bacon was incredibly scrumptious, superb, and their tomatoes were also really yummy. As was the Baker D. Chirico bread.

Everything was all round delightful, really. Ben and I happily shared both dishes. We’re never disappointed when we feast at Demitri’s.

On the way out I grabbed a take-away skim latte – it was Sunday after all. This cute, personalised take-away cup made it all the more delightful.

Thanks for the Sunday Sardines, Demitri.

Heidi xo
  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) July 13, 2011 at 11:15 am

    my dear – you are a braver woman than me. Try as I might – I cannot STAND sardines!!!

  • Michelle Chin July 13, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    the chocolate looks really thick!!!

  • Keely aka The Richest Girl in Bondi July 13, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    I know the point of the post was the sardines – but I am captivated by the thick hot chocolate. It looks like more of a syrup than a drink .. I think I'm in love.

  • Heidi July 13, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Lisa – oh what a shame! I sued to be the same as you though, then I went to Italy… πŸ™‚

    Michelle – well yes, it was – true to its name!

    Keely – hehehe, that's fine, thick hot chocolate is like that, totally steals the show πŸ™‚

    Heidi xo

  • Hannah July 13, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Heidi, this makes me so happy! Growing up, our family's Sunday morning treat was that Dad would get up early and make us all sardines on toast. Hot buttered toast, sardines, and a sprinkling of vinegar and pepper. So good, but almost everyone wrinkles their face when I tell them!

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella July 13, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Ooh that hot chocolate is so viscous! Just the way I like it too! πŸ˜€

  • Iron Chef Shellie July 13, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    Looks fantastic~ I'll be putting that one on the list to take Hamish to πŸ™‚ x

  • Blithely Unaware July 14, 2011 at 1:19 am


    I wouldn't waste your money at Grossi's, there have been some very lack lustre reviews floating around lately including this one:

    I've also had Chef friends say it's not worth spending your money there.

    Movida on the other han is brilliant, in my Top Ten list for Melbourne.

    Hope that helps.


  • Heidi July 14, 2011 at 8:20 am

    Hannah – oh I'm so happy about this, Hannah! Such a lovely memory. I remember my dad having anchovies + tomato & black pepper on toast, but back then I thought he was insane – what a waste!! πŸ™‚

    Lorraine – me too πŸ™‚

    Michele – wonderful, enjoy, it's a super cute place!

    Blithely Unaware – it really does help, mez, thank you! I have heard a couple of the same reviews, I suppose I just love the idea of it and am desperate to go back to Italy haha. Movida it is πŸ™‚ thanks!!

    Heidi xo

  • Anna Johnston July 14, 2011 at 8:46 am

    What a champion you are, I'll be darned, sardines and I are not friends. Respect to you lovely. Great pictures, how are ya getting all those great effects?

  • denitamudge2014 July 14, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Yumm!! I really have to go here before I depart. Sounds absolutely delicious! xx

  • The InTolerant Chef July 14, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Sardines are such a controversial ingredient aren't they? I think everyone just remembers the oily little tinned suckers and doesn't realise that the fresh grilled ones are a whole new story! Yumm…

  • Heidi July 14, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Anna – using instagram, an iphone app. I adore it. No fuss and it makes the pics look ultra cool πŸ™‚

    De – we must go here soon!! I thought of you when I was ordering, that I should take advantage of being there and get the panckaes, but no I was weird & got sardines xo

    InTolerant Chef – oh completely!! They're a whole different thing. I remember having them baked with breadcrumbs and lemon in Sicily….I was sold and since then have been in love with them πŸ™‚

    Heidi xo

  • Kath (My Funny Little Life) July 14, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    I must admit I'm not a fan of sardines, despite the fact they're so healthy. I still have my problems with oily fish … My dad, however, used to eat a can of sardines in oil before he went to party when he was younger, so he wouldn't get drunk so easily. Cute, no? Nowadays, people go to a party because they *want* to get drunk. πŸ˜‰

  • chutneyandspice July 15, 2011 at 2:09 am

    I wish we could find breakfasts like that around these parts, I'd never cook again! I love love love sardines and had some great ones on holiday in France recently, fresh from the market we threw them on the barbeque. I love the sound of the peppers and egg with them. I wish I could get my husband to do sardines, he doesn't like what he calls 'fishy fish'

  • Julia @ Boredom Abounds July 15, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Oh yum, that smashed avocado dish sounds like my kind of breakfast.

  • Heidi July 16, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Kath – haha, good tip from your dad!

    chutneyandspice – oooh your French sardines sound beautiful!

    Julia – it was mighty delicious πŸ™‚

    Heidi xo