MY friend Jen-Jen and her vegan granddaughter were visiting, so it was the perfect opportunity to review Chic Pea.
16-year-old Zea became vegan after watching the animal farming doco Cowspiracy, so she was excited to try a cafe where none of the food contains meat, eggs or dairy.
Chic Pea is a tiny eatery situated outside the Fremantle Markets and has a compact menu that includes lasagne, quiche and burgers.
Owner Michaela Breis hails from Germany, where her parents owned a restaurant.
“They gave me a huge passion for food that has never left me,” she says.
Working in hospitality for 10 years she always wanted her own cafe, “but once I started to see my puppy in every animal’s eyes, I could only go vegan.”
Everything is made in-house, including the cheese (made with nuts) for the sandwiches.
Zea and I ordered the Indian spice pasty ($10), which was huge with plenty of flavour and a pleasant nutty crunch.
The pastry was perfectly crisp and the accompanying chilli jam had a great kick.
“This is really good and aesthetically pleasing and I love the chilli,” Zea said.
For an extra $5 we added a “rainbow” salad, a colourful coleslaw that was light and refreshing.
My friend Jen-Jen ordered the cauliflower and chickpea curry ($12.50).
“It’s well cooked and flavoursome and the right amount for lunch,” she said, adding a spicy chutney would have lifted the curry to even dizzier heights.
We finished our meal with a selection of vegan desserts.
The lemon cheesecake ($7) was light and fluffy with the sharp citrus offsetting the creamy coconut filling.
The pumpkin brownie ($6.50) was moist and rich, “and I really liked that it was warn, because it was unexpected,” Zea said.
We all thought the peanut butter choc bar ($5.50) was a bit dense on top of a full meal.
“It’s more something you have with a chai when you have the mid-afternoon munchies,” Jen-Jen said.
By JENNY D’ANGER
1/74 South Tce, Fremantle
open Fri–Sun 8am–9pm
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