Two new vegan restaurants are about to breathe new life into the Racecourse Rd Precinct, with their healthy menu offerings and cosy spaces that will make you want to eat your veggies and come back for more.
Pancha on Racecourse Rd
Pancha, a vegan cafe from the same folks who brought Little Digs to Fortitude Valley, just opened its doors at Racecourse Rd on 8 December 2021.
The new eatery offers delicious and organic coffee from Sacred Grounds, a perfect match to their healthy and sumptuous all-day brekkie, salad bowls, sandwiches, and smaller bites like fries and arancini.
What’s special about Pancha is that they grow their own vegetables at their farm located in the Southern Downs. They try to make all the dishes in-house and strive to have flavours that even non-vegans can enjoy.
Some of the food on offer include croffle, a mishmash of croissant and waffle; burger with falafel patty; Massaman curry; pancakes with grilled bananas, maple syrup, and whipped vegan butter; and raw green caesar salad.
Pancha is open for all-day breakfast and lunch from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Mondays through Sundays.
Meanwhile, Justine Khoury, owner of Dicki’s at New Farm, is preparing to open a second location on the former venue of Meltz Pizza, on the corner of Racecourse and Lancaster Rd.
The entire space will be given a revamp with the addition of banquettes, hanging and potted greenery, and brass details. Dicki’s interiors will have an industrial feel to it, with the heightened ceilings and concrete floors, with guests being able to enjoy the view of Eagle Farm Racecourse whilst dining.
The Ascot kitchen will be bigger than the one in New Farm, with the owner even planning to make their cakes and sweet treats from the new location and supply the other venue. The menu, however, will feature the same favourites. Customers can expect all their vegan favourites on offer, from the famous breakfast burrito to their ‘beef’ burger and ‘chicken’ tacos.
Dicki’s Ascot, which is slated for a late 2021 opening, will have a liquor licence and will introduce local and international beers, cocktails, and sustainable wines. For non-drinkers, the vegan cafe will be offering healthier versions of their beloved smoothies. To stay updated about their opening, follow Dicki’s Ascot on Facebook.