Pea Souk Cafe

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 14 reviews )

19c Well Lane, Church St, Falmouth, England, TR11 3EG

Small and quirky vegetarian cafe specializing in mezze with North African and Middle Eastern theme. Open Mon-Sat 10:00am-5:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Organic, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Middle Eastern, African

14 Reviews

First Review by faerycake

Best Tagine....ever?! - Edit

Visited here late afternoon on a drizzly Saturday in December, both of us vegan.
My friend had a cup of tea and the ‘fishless finger sandwich’ which I’m pretty sure went down a storm and was reportedly “exactly what he needed on a day like this”!
I had the vegan hot chocolate and the tagine with rice and I can honestly say it was hands down one of the best vegan meals I’ve ever had. It was spicy and sweet and had an amazing variety of vegetables in it. It was thick and hearty and rich and just properly delicious. It was served with a pesto type dressing and a really nice salad (pomegranate seeds!) and was a really big portion too.
I also had the vegan brownie for afters which I intended to made it to the table and then straight to my stomach! Fudgy, rich and chocolatey with glacé cherries throughout, it was so nice I bought another to actually takeaway!
Vegan food like this just reiterates how amazing it can be and how unnecessary it is to add meat or animal products to a meal.
The cafe itself is super tiny but really lovely. Well themed, nice decor, plenty going on. I personally don’t see an issue with a small premises or sharing tables, I actually like this approach but each to their own!
There are a few really negative reviews on here of the lady who I presume was the owner which, based on our experience, I’d say were overly harsh. She wasn’t gushingly friendly or super over enthusiastic, but she was friendly enough, polite, efficient and to the point.
No bells and whistles...just excellent food and good customer service. Would definitely return!

Pros: Amazing Food, Good Variety, Reasonably Priced

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Fab Mezze - Edit

Definitely worth a visit. Delicious mezze with nice selection of fried spiced lentils, tabouleh, dolmades and falafel. All served with salad, humous and pitta. Tasty smoothie too!

Pros: Pretty much everything was available as a vegan op

Cons: Small venue - get there early.

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A small oasis - don't miss it! - Edit

Agreed there is not a lot of space but it encourages everyone to chat and be friendly. The food is outstanding and we visit here every time we come to Cornwall, my wife and I travel a lot and this is the best and most enjoyable place for vegan and vegetarian food we have experienced.

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magic touch - Edit

Some people have the ability to make food that seems simple taste so good it knocks your socks off and the chef here is definitely one. We arrived close to 1600 on a busy day when there was 'not much left' and the only option remaining for me (vegan) was a mix of the beautiful salads from the deli style counter served with hummus and toasted cashews. O.M.G! Sooo tasty, fresh, pretty, satisfying. My mum had the beetroot and cavolo nero tart which looked fantastic and reportedly was. The place is really tiny but we loved the Cornish & eclectic ambiance and the promise of vegan cheesecake will bring us back...

Pros: delicious food, character, lovely woman in charge,

Cons: tiny so may be full at lunch time, hopefully peopl

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Probably better to aviod - Edit

Since I was still full from breakfast, I only went to Peak Souk Cafe to drink a coffee.
There isn't lots of space, one big table, one smaller one and one very small one plus an outside sitting place (very small as well).
As the owner became aware that I won't eat anything, I was disapprovingly asked to sit at the very small table, since it was already lunch time (although I was the only guest). Few minutes later four people came for lunch indeed. I drank my coffee rather quickly and left because I sensed a rushing vibe from the owner who seemed not to grant me even the smallest table. (The reviews below I read only later.)
Peak Souk Cafe seemed really nice at the very first sight, but now I guess it not more than OK, as long as you avoid potential peak times and behave submissive or simply don't mind subtle rudeness.

Cons: guests seem not welcome to stay longer, small

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Dreadful - Edit

The owner / woman who served us / cooked was terribly rude. She made us extremely uncomfortable and was in the true sense of the word... Unpleasant... She needs to deal with her issues before dealing with customers. She rolled her eyes at us, made sarcastic comments when we dared to ask a question re the food. We tried to order three drinks off the menu before we found one she actually had in stock.

For the first time ever in a veggie / vegan restaurant, we left having had a 'main' meal and going elsewhere to buy food as we were still ravenous.

I am now reading from another reviewer that this place also uses unethical milk!

Avoid at all costs. There are other places locally who deserve your money more and will feed / treat you better.

It only gets 2 stars as there is no option for one.
Updated from previous review on Wednesday May 21, 2014

Pros: Central location

Cons: Rude, Bad service, Food not filling

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Quirky place, tasty food - Edit

I have been here a couple of times with family. It's a very small place (as others have noted) but cosy and nicely decorated in a bohemian kind of way. However the size does mean that you can't always get a table, or may have to share one.

Food wise there is an extensive menu which caters very well for vegans, and features burgers, sandwiches and salads for lunch as well as specials on the blackboard (such as soup of the day). Portions are generous, for example I've had the vegan 'blow out' sandwich which consisted of thick slices of granary bread, vegan sausage, avocado, houmous, chutney and salad - delicious and very filling!

Moroccan sweet mint tea is also served complete with a traditional silver pot and colourful glasses, something I've had both times and really enjoyed.

A couple of reviewers have mentioned the attitude of the boss, and I have found her to have somewhat of a brusque manner at times but she was not rude to us. A member of my family said that she would rather someone be real than fake even if this means they are not as warm and fuzzy as one would expect in the hospitality industry, and I tend to agree.

Pea Souk may be quirky and not to everyone's taste but for such a small space there is a lot of variety and interest in the food, and the owner has created a nice environment. The only criticism I have is that the food preparation area looked quite chaotic and one of the avocados in my sandwich had some bruised flesh that I had to remove - not something that would bother everyone.

As I've only been for lunch I can't comment on any evening meals that may be available.

Pros: tasty food, generous portions, attractively decorated

Cons: bruised avocado

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Unbearable attitude from the boss - Edit

My boyfriend and I are vegan and gluten-free so decided to give Pea Souk a go, even though we'd already eaten. There was not much for vegans and only one option that was also gluten-free, but we decided to order one of those. We sat down and I had a look at the drinks menu and spied a vegan hot chocolate - which would have been great, but when I asked, I found out they use Provamel - owned by Dean Foods - which owns the biggest megadairy (as in, no grass) in the U.S.. No thanks! (Plamil is a great UK vegan organic fair business to support). With that in mind, nothing else took my fancy, so we asked for tap water with our main that we intended to share.
The owner, the woman described in the review below, came out the kitchen and spoke to my boyfriend and I like schoolchildren, telling us that it was by exception okay for us to sit there today (how gracious, as paying customers!) as there were no customers. (At all. At 11.45am on a sunny Saturday in early September. Wonder why...) but normally I would have to buy a drink. It was not so much WHAT she said, but HOW she said it. Honestly, if it was okay, why bother saying anything at all?! Business sense also seems a bit lacking - people are much more likely to enter a cafe that is not obviously empty when the rest of the town is buzzing! We WERE paying customers and not happy with the attitude that SHE is doing US a favour. Sorry, no, we were not that enticed by the cafe or menu, but thought we should support a vegetarian business, especially one that seemed so sad and empty! But really, the rudeness makes it pretty clear why! So, we just walked out.
Reading the short reviews here, I really think they either walked into a different place, caught the place on a day when only the owner's long-suffering staff were there, or they are fake. In fact, we mentioned our visit to friends when we got home, and it turns out they also observed a similar incident to ours a year ago! Friendly and helpful are certainly NOT the words that sprang to mind in our experience.
The owner/cook should keep her charming manners to the vegetables and leave customer service to those better suited to it.
This is the first vegan/vegetarian restaurant I've ever walked out of, especially before even ordering. Avoid.

Pros: Serving girl seemed nice

Cons: Terrible manners, Limited menu, Unethical soya milk

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Veggie Treasure! - Edit

What a fab little cafe were visiting a friend in Falmouth for the day & we came here, menu leaves you spoilt for choice & the lady who was working was a right laugh, helpful & friendly. Wish we had one of these up north FAB!

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Pea Souk - Gorgeous Vegetarian Eatery - Edit

Fell in love with this delightful restaurant whilst in Falmouth - massive range of food - lovely Middle Eastern theme - great customer service.

Pros: beautiful food, understands vegetarian cuisine, reasonable price

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Horrible stroppy member of staff - Edit

We visited it last year and again last month at lunchtime. A tiny, cramped cafe, only 3 tables, which were all taken. So small that one lady was accidently hit by door when someone was leaving. We were told that a table would become free soon, which it did - well, we shared it with another couple. There were two female members of staff, one of which was obviously in charge and barking out instructions to a younger girl, who served us, and who we felt sorry for. My husband asked for the all day vege breakfast, to have the older woman rudely shout across the cafe that she wasn't cooking that at lunchtime because she only had 3 rings and that it said so on the menu. What it actually said was that some items may be unavailable at certain times. My husband's coffee was cold when it was served. The food itself was fine, tasty and fresh, and acceptably priced. We had finished eating, but not yet decided (or even asked) if we wanted dessert or coffee to finish, when the older woman shouted to some guests who had arrived to wait because, apparently, we were just going. Her attitude stank - she was rude, abrupt, scary and made us feel unwelcome and rushed. When we visited last year, my husbands burger bun was burnt black, someone else sent back their piece of cake because it had mould on it, and the same rude lady was her usual 'charming' self, causing an uncomfortable atmosphere. We only returned because being vegan, one isn't spoilt for choice, and we hoped for a better experience. Frankly, in future, I would prefer to go hungry. Only go here if you like cramped conditions, sharing a table with strangers, and being abused by rude staff.

Pros: Rude Staff, Tiny, Items limited

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RoseVonVegan 08 Sep 2012 - Very similar experience!  

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Homely if not small - Edit

I been here on a few occasions and if your lucky you get somewhere to sit. The food is excellent and the staff very helpful. Will go again.

Pros: excellent food, soya milk, great desserts

Cons: a bit small.

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A true haven for veggies and vegans. - Edit

Delicious entrees, exotic teas and tempting deserts. Nicola makes her home-cooked food with love and passion that you can taste.

Pros: excellent food, cosy venue, healthy cuisine

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loveliest meal out we've ever had! - Edit

My partner and I went to Pea Souk last week and it was absolutely fantastic.

The food was really fresh, tasty and inventive - it just seemed like everything had been cooked and prepared with a lot of care and attention to detail.

For starter I had Thai Gado Gado salad - which was absolutely gorgeous! Perfectly done tofu, gorgeous coconutty (and maybe peanutty but I'm not totally sure) dressing, and fresh veggies and sprouted seeds and things. My partner had soup (carrot and coriander), which he was equally impressed with.

The mains were great too - I had the vegan mezze, which was basically a mixture little portions of Moroccan dishes, all of which were great. My boyfriend had a totally yummy looking chickpea and aubergine curry, which he was really impressed by too. He particularly loved the chutney that came with it, as it was really unusual and tasty.

I was totally stuffed by that point, but the rest of the meal had been so nice we had to have pudding too! I had pistachio and rosewater baklava (vegan) and he had a cheesecake. It finished off the meal perfectly.

Nice selection of vegan alcohol too. The wines were really reasonable, around £10-12. We had a bottle of rose, which was really nice too.

I'd really recommend it to anyone. It was excellent value for money for the quality of the food. £18 a head for one of the nicest meals out we've ever had. We've both been raving about it since we've come home (we were down in Falmouth on holiday). Just wish there was something like it nearer to us!

Oh! one more thing: while it's open daytimes, I think it's mandatory to book for the evenings.

Pros: gorgeous food, good value, nice atmosphere

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