550 Lonsdale St
Toasted rye sandwich with house roasted capsicum, eggplant and goats cheese ($7.50)
The bruschetta and the antipasto platter were presented beautifully, quite a contrast to the appearance of J’s meal. Even the chef noticed this; he delivered the sandwich to our table, observing that “I may have gone overboard with the goat’s cheese” as he handed the plate over. After tasting it J agreed, and told me she couldn’t really taste anything but the cheese.
Antipasto platter ($11.50)
Featured on this platter, clockwise from bread: roast beef with wholegrain mustard; cornichons; grilled eggplant with pesto; roast capsicum, pumpkin and goats cheese; smoked salmon with horseradish cream and capers; and mushroom terrine with relish.
The platter was fantastic for the taste, value and variety; the only problem I had was with the eggplant as it was quite oily and rich and I could only eat a little of it.
The name of the cafe – meaning “half cup” – hints to customers that coffee is a very important part of the business, and this year’s Cheap Eats guide informed me that the owners of Demi Tasse, brothers Stuart and Michael, “blind-tested Peruvian Fairtrade beans to choose the right brew; it’s excellent”. My latte was strong and hot, and at around 2pm on a Thursday we found Demi Tasse to be a great place to grab a coffee or a quick bite – landing a table in the middle of breakfast or lunch, however, could be a challenge.
Demi Tasse serves breakfast and lunch Monday – Saturday, with dishes ranging from $4-$14.