New cafe is siblings’ dream


Career change: Cafe Bella Dee at Sans Souci is the first hospitality venture for siblings Dimitri and Stella Lascaris. Picture: John Veage

IT WAS fate that led a brother and sister to drop their careers and open a cafe.

Dimitri and Stella Lascaris of Sans Souci were working in different fields before moving into the hospitality industry earlier this year.

Stella, 24, had been working as an accountant for almost four years and Dimitri, 23, had been a hairdresser for about three.

They would always comment about a corner shop near their home which they thought could work as a cafe. So when the store went on the market they pounced on the opportunity, and in March got the green light to create their vision.

Cafe Bella Dee opened its doors four weeks ago.

Stella and Dimitri designed the menus from scratch and used a consistent black and white French theme throughout the cafe, from the decor to the menus.

“The menu was based on personal tastes of what we love,” Miss Lascaris said.

“Attention to detail and our presentation is a big thing we emphasise.”

The menu has a range of classic breakfast and lunch meals, all reasonably priced.

Items range from $3.50 for a home-made muffin to $17.50 for a grilled chicken burger.

Stella said some items were already favourites with the customers.

These dishes include a scone baked in a pot served with vanilla cream and jam for $7.50, a lamb and haloumi burger for $15.90 and an open-faced omelet for $14.90.

Cafe Bella Dee is open seven days a week and serves breakfast all day: 36 Tuffy Avenue, Sans Souci, 9583 9016.