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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 5 December 2015
BUSINESS 24 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 5 DECEMBER 2015 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Aristo Cafe for excellent taste and quality CHARALAMPOS PETRAKIS Oakleigh is not just about Eaton Mall. In the streets flanking this popular mall you can find many coffee shops and restaurants that have nothing to envy from Oakleigh's ‘Greek Centre’. One of these is Aristo Café, located at Shop 2/10A Atherton Road, discovered thanks to the help of the famous lawyer of our community, John Zaparas. Aristo Café was opened almost six months ago by Dimitris and Katerina Kazanidis, and has been winning devotees almost immediately amongst the friends of 'cooked' food, the theriaklides of organic coffee and lovers of a good breakfast. Organic coffee is considered not only healthier but also more environmentally friendly because it is created from coffee beans that have not been sprayed with drugs or other chemicals. The coffee bushes, once planted, are left on their own, without human intervention until harvest time, unlike normal coffee plantations, where fertilisers are added and the plants are sprayed with chemicals designed to give the maximum-sized crop, sacrificing the taste and quality. The owner of Aristo Café, Dimitris Kazanidis, has a vast amount of experience in the food service area. After working for many years at Caltex in kitchen and take away, Cafe owner Dimitris Kazanidis. being the owner of Muffin Break and also maintaining his 7-Eleven for 10 years, Dimitris looked for a long time to find a suitable organic coffee to be served at his café. This coffee is called San Pedro, is made from 100 per cent Arabica organic beans, with A2 milk used to produce the best-possible quality coffee. But if Dimitris is the heart of Aristo Café, Katerina’s mother Mrs Emilia (and cousin of the famous Greek actress Maro Kondou) is the soul of this store. Everything has her touch. Emilia's fa- ther John Short opened the first restaurant in Lavrio in the 1950s. Alongside one of the best chefs in Greece, Mrs Emilia learned the art of great cooking. Later, in Australia, she worked for the company Bessemer, where she had as her teacher the famous Margaret Fulton. But it is not only knowledge of the culinary arts that Mrs Emilia brings to Aristo Café. Predominantly it is the love for what she does and the importance given to detail which makes the difference. "Cleanliness and quality play the first role in a shop. We will not give food to our customers that I would not give to our children. We will always have the best materials, always fresh and premium, so the food we produce is the best possible." Of course, as everyone likes to say the same regarding their shop, I, as a ‘doubting Thomas’, had to ascertain whether in this case the words corresponded to the acts. With a choice of mousaka, lasagne, meatballs, green beans … it was very tempting to try them all but of course impossible. I tried the mou- saka, not only because it is one of my favourite foods, but because I consider it a difficult food to cook. Frankly, I think it was the best mousaka I've had in Melbourne and in my opinion, the best-cooked food that exists in Oakleigh. When I saw the prices, I thought my eyes were deceiving me - mousaka for $10, $9 for macaroni pie, stuffed veggies ‘gemista’ for $9, soutsoukakia for $11, etc. At Aristo Café you can also enjoy breakfast. 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Aristo Café is open on Monday to Thursday from 7.00 am to 4.00 pm, Fridays from 7.00 am to 9.00 pm, Saturdays from 7.00 am to 4.00 pm, and is closed on Sundays. The café can also cater for special events. For more information or to place an order, contact Aristo Café on (03) 95694732 or visit their website: aristocafe.com.au or the page Aristo Cafe on Facebook.
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