Feast of Merit

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Who: Feast of Merit

What: Restaurant

Where: 117 Swan St, Richmond VIC 3121

When: Monday 7:30am to 3pm, Tuesday – Friday 7:30 am to 1am, Saturday – Sunday 8am to 1am

Two dinner settings at 6pm and 8pm

Why: Tasty, locally sourced, sustainable food in a beautiful setting

Web: http://www.feastofmerit.com

Inspired by the Indian tradition of Feast of Merit where wealth is shared throughout the community, this wonderful foodie haven on the bustling Swan Street serves up a menu with a conscious that you can’t help but fall in love with.

Food: The menu will tantalise your tastebuds before you’ve even placed a morsel in your mouth. The staff suggest one dish from each section of the menu to share between two for dinner and its more than enough. Between two women who usually have to trouble polishing off a meal, this one left us full to the brim with satisfaction.

For starter we treated ourselves to the spiced Jerusalem artichokes which only got us more excited for the main, as a good starter should.

Our main consisted of pumpkin and lamb but not like you’ve ever had before. Roast pumpkin with baharat, almonds, moghrabieh, barberries and garlic aioli and Cherry Tree organic 12 hour slow cooked lamb joint with harissa sauce. It sounds amazing and it was. The sweet pumpkin and barberries, the subtle baharat spice, the crunch of the almonds and the juicy moghrabieh (that’s a fancy word for pearl couscous) all burst in your mouth to create a sensation of tastes and textures.

That alone would have been enough to send me home happy but we had also ordered the half a lamb joint. It says it serves a minimum of two which, as an avid lover of slow cooked anything, worried me, but there was enough for at least four people. It was falling off the bone, juicy and full of flavour with a thick, spicy harissa sauce on the side to jazz up the palate.

It was a delight and I left stuffed to the brim with a promise to myself and the staff that I would be back to devour the desserts and work through the brunch menu at a later date.

Pros:

Unbelievable food

Great house wine for a good price

Locally sourced and sustainable food

Supporting non-for-profit organisations through www.ygap.com.au

Beautiful decor

Good service

Lovely atmosphere

Cons:

A little pricey but you get a lot for your money ($90 for a starter, main, and a couple of drinks for the both of us)

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