A newcomer to Melbourne, I love exploring the city and sourrounds by day and night, finding bargains, learning new things, the great outdoors and Melbourne life in general.
Published May 26th 2014
Some merit in your dinner
New to Swan Street, Richmond, Feast of Merit is one of a growing number of social enterprise restaurants.
Owned and run by YGAP (Y-Generation Against Poverty), 100% of the restaurant profits are directed to development projects in Malawi, Ghana, Rwanda, Bangladesh, Cambodia and Australia.
Based on how busy Feast of Merit was on my visit, it appears to be making an impression. It's open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For dinner, be sure to book a table and be aware that they have select sittings.
The menu offers seasonal, raw, locally sourced and ethical options with a middle-eastern twist. I sampled some of the small plates with the flavoursome flatbread the stand-out dish. In terms of mains, there are a number of vegetable-based dishes as well as meat and fish platters. I didn't have a desert but was informed they change on a daily basis, with two options typically.
The service was good and starters served almost instantly. The mains were slightly delayed but on account of this, we received a discount on our bill. My only tip would be for the serving staff to offer more guidance on menu choices to those visiting Feast of Merit for the first time, as the portion sizes are big, and I inadvertedly ordered two dips, not realising that is what they were from the menu description.