A new vegan hotspot has opened on Brunswick Street. How hot? Customers were lined up down the street on Saturday to witness its inaugural weekend service.
This is Dicki’s and it’s truly a family affair. Three siblings – Justine Khoury, Lexi Golding and Choy Zulueta – run the cafe while the fourth, Diana Caputo, (who lives in Sydney) is an investing partner. Between them they’ve done stints at Sol Breads, QAGOMA and Campos.
“My brother and sisters and I have always been involved in hospitality,” Khoury says. “We just really love the industry.”
Dicki’s was named after their late father who first introduced the siblings to a vegan diet. The all-day menu, headed up by Jacob Hayward (previously of QAGOMA), is full of simple, easy-to-eat options with a tendency towards whole foods. “I think less is more,” Khoury says. “The plate doesn’t look like it’s loaded with all this extra food or garnish; we try to pare it back.”
Menu items already proving popular include buckwheat waffles served with caramelised banana and coconut vanilla bean ice-cream, and crispy tofu bao that come laden with fresh veggies and a satay sauce. While all food is vegan, including an in-house “Nutella” made from organic hazelnuts, there is cow’s milk available. “Everybody has veggies, but not everyone will have coffee on soy,” Khoury says.
There are also turmeric and matcha lattes as well as a smoothie menu with optional add-ins including pea protein and vitamin C powder.
The simple aesthetic favoured on the menu continues in the design of the cafe itself. Taking over the poky Brunswick Street premises previously occupied by Pablo, the team brought in carpentry company Woodsters to revamp the space. It’s now almost unrecognisable, with a closed-in kitchen and a raised ceiling that creates a more open feel (with a few more seating options).
It’s all rendered in wood, white walls and a big splash of turquoise for the Standing By-designed branding, the cafe’s logo a facsimile of Khoury’s husband Cordell’s handwriting. You might know him as the co-owner of Beccofino and Julius Pizzeria. “Everything’s all tied together,” Khoury says, laughing.
893 Brunswick Street, New Farm
(07) 3254 2341