Doko Demo V

A cute little plant based café popped up out of nowhere over the weekend and, since it is our duty to bring exciting new foodie things to your attention, here’s a story about Doko Demo V.

In Miami, underneath the Burleigh Motel, is where you’ll find the newbie that swung open its doors over the weekend. Offering an entirely vegetarian and vegan wholefoods-based menu, Doko Demo V is the work of Head Chef Jared Peck whose eats you will have definitely sampled previously.

The culinary genius cut his teeth at Versace, did his thing around the traps and ended up at Grocer & Grind before bringing his magic to Miami.

But back to the space, a plant-filled courtyard is the place to dine and soak up that beautiful early morning sunshine. Inside, the walls are lined with bamboo while dark wooden furniture and vases filled with flowers set the scene.

At the moment Doko Demo V, meaning anywhere in Japanese, is open for breakfast and lunch with dinner set to be available in the coming weeks.

The menu is both breaky and lunch all day and filled with beautifully prepared dishes that are both healthy and of the eyes-are-bigger-than-your-belly variety.

The Vegie Benny is a fave with house-dried, herbed tomatoes, wilted spinach, haloumi, poached eggs and served on a bed of smashed avo, atop toast with a drizzle of hollandaise. It really is a treat.

The Mexican Chicken Brown Rice Poke Bowl is a fresh, tasty option with Spanish beans, smashed avocado, ‘chicken’ made from tofu protein and a corn and coriander salsa.

The Soft Shell Gluten Free Tacos are the goods with your choice of mushroom or BBQ pork with fresh salsa, chipotle mayo and turmeric and date dressing.

Oh and there’s epic burgers, salads, hot dogs and wraps, all of which are entirely vegetarian and all of which are entirely delicious. The produce is organic where possible and that is a good time.

The dinner menu will include lots of Italian pizza and pasta favourites along with Asian dishes and a full bar menu.

In other words, dining at Doko Demo V is akin to dining anywhere (hence the name), except you’re right here at home.

Life is good.

LOCATION: 1908 Gold Coast Hwy, Miami
HOURS: 6.30am to 2.30om daily.

Words and photos by Kirra Smith.

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