“Sharing is the new owning”. That’s a quote I hear about a lot recently. And I like that idea, why buying all those products we don’t really need instead of spending our money way more smarter and share more. Feast or Merit based in Melbourne also liked that idea. They came up with a great concept…
There’s a story behind Feast of Merit. They were inspired by a tribe in Northern India who invented the ‘Feast of Merit’. Those members of the Naga people lead a modest lifestyle, but when one member strikes it rich, that lucky person can choose to throw a party for everyone, which continues for weeks until all the money is spend. Everyone shares in the wealth. That’s also the idea behind ‘Feast of Merit’ restaurant. It’s an initiative of YGAP (Y-generation Against Poverty), a charity that supports youth education and leadership projects in Malawi, Ghana, Rwanda, Bangladesh, Cambodia and Australia, who put the profits from their business into aid projects.
Feast of Merit came up with an vegetarian friendly menu, concentrating on raw foods and grains along with sustainably produced meats. They serve mostly wholesome, affordable and flavourpacked dishes.
The interior has a very simple and industrial look. They had to decorate the place as cheap as they could do it. And a lot of the material was donated by friends and family. The look and feel of Feast of Merit correspondents very much with their philosophy. I like the old painted bricks, the different chairs and use of materials.