Richmond's newest cafe delivers a win-win-win: a well-credentialled chef meeting his local-sustainable promise; a chic fitout based on salvaged timber and found items; and an underlying mission to channel profits into developing communities. Feast of Merit is the latest social enterprise business from non-profit organisation YGAP (Y-Generation Against Poverty). Chef Ravi Presser, who has cooked at Fonda Mexican, Bar Lourinha and Cumulus Inc, is creating dishes that are wholesome, affordable and flavour-packed. At lunch, the focus is on punchy Ottolenghi-style salads using things like cauliflower, freekeh, pomegranate molasses and wood sorrel. Dinner is a mostly vego shared feast. Best of all, you help projects in Africa, Bangladesh, Cambodia and Australia while you eat. Open daily 7am-late.
Details: Feast of Merit, 117 Swan Street, Richmond, 9428 8480, ygap.com.au/feast-of-merit2