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Published June 9th 2019
Discover the delights of Dicki's
If you think food can't possibly work without eggs, milk or meat being involved, Dicki's in New Farm will show you just how great plant-based dining can be. With a great menu and a funky, friendly vibe, this little cafe's popularity keeps on growing.
Since taking over the Pablo's site about 18 months ago, Dicki's has won the hearts of locals with its excellent coffee, yummy baked treats and all-day breakfast and lunch menu. It's also become well-known to Brisbane's vegan and vegetarian community and is really popular on weekends.
With good reason, too. Forget thinking you couldn't possibly enjoy vegan food, because the meals are so delicious and surprisingly diverse, you won't even notice what's 'missing'. The sweet treats are as moist and satisfying as the conventional baked equivalents, and leave me wondering why we bake with eggs and milk at all! I personally recommend the chocolate and the lemon yoghurt cakes, served in big slices, but the cute cupcakes, generous muffins and fresh homestyle cookies are also tempting.
Dicki's excellent coffee is sourced locally, from Bear Bones in nearby Fortitude Valley. Combine quality beans with a skilled barista and a good machine, and you're sure to win in the coffee stakes. And yes, there's conventional dairy milk for the coffees as well as the plant-based alternatives!
Many of the breakfast and lunch items can be made gluten-free, and if you need the rather limited FODMAPS diet, Dicki's cater for the 'no onion or garlic' requirement. In fact, they even have a separate list of the appropriate options. Of these, my husband is a fan of the buckwheat waffles with banana, maple syrup and coconut ice cream, as well as the bruschetta.
My favourites are the vegetarian bao buns - crumbed tofu with cucumber, carrot and satay sauce - and the grilled corn cakes. But there's a lot to choose from, especially on the breakfast end of the menu. A lovely way to start the day!
Furbabies are welcome at the outside tables, and can even occupy themselves with a 'doggie ice cream' while you're tipping back your coffee!
Dicki's is the handiwork of Lexi, Justine, Choy and Diana Zulueta, who showcase the delights of plant-based dining from 6.30 am to 3 pm seven days a week. The cafe's name honours the siblings' father, who introduced his family to vegan eating.
Dicki's is located opposite the Merthyr Village shopping centre's Brunswick Street entrance. Bus routes 196 and 199 are right outside, or you can try for street parking nearby. Popping in for brunch or coffee before wandering down to New Farm Park makes for a lovely, leisurely outing.