A couple of days ago I read a post in a vegan community on Facebook about The Snug Public House, an Irish pub that opened in July in St. Kilda, serving up vegan fare. The timing was brilliant because we had stuff to do in St. Kilda and I’d been wondering where to take the family. A quick look at the menu online and I knew we had to try it out.
The vegan options appear on the regular menu under the heading “Irish & Pub Fare… But Vegan” along with some vegan ‘V’ (for veganisable) symbols on some other menu items. The vegan options were Shepherd’s Pie; Bangers & Mash; Mushroom and Stout Pie; Irish Parma; The Snug Burger; vegan options for chips, battered sausages and beer battered onion rings. There are even vegan nachos, priced $5 less than the non-vegan option. The menu also says to ask staff about the vegan gluten free options available. Salad comes as a side with some of these items, as well as chips and a slaw with the Shepherd’s Pie. The Mushroom Stout Pie is served with mash, vegetables and a Guinness Gravy. The Guinness used is vegan as it’s made in Australia (the Guinness made in Ireland is not vegan).
It was a tough gig deciding what to get. My daughter chose the vegan option fruit toast ($6.50) described on the menu as “home made Guinness fruit bead lightly toasted and served with our house made nut butter”. Jam was on the side too. I was really surprised when this dish came out because first of all it was massive for what I assumed would be a regular kind of smaller fruit toast (my daughter often orders that and gets more toast like slices), but also because it was beautifully presented with some fruits and a cream on the plate as well. The bread was very filling and we were mercifully able to take our leftover slice home. The picture below shows half the jam gone by this point (my daughter thought chips dipped in jam was a superb combo). Breakfast is served from 7am to 2pm:
I was in a burger mood so I went for the Snug Burger ($24.00), described as “pattie, cheese, lettuce, drunken sticky onion relish, chips, onion rings, house pickles”. It turned out to be a double pattie burger with a basket of chips and stack of onion rings. Fortunately I was wearing stretchy pants. The relish and pickles in the burger were pretty good, so the burger wasn’t dry or too wet. The patties weren’t house made but they will be in future, which is something I look forward to.
I couldn’t fault the onion rings, I’m usually fussy about my onion rings but these were just right– not greasy, not chewy:
The chips were served with a vegan mayo and are hand cut at Snug House (not packaged pre-cut). Nice and chunky and when all our food had been brought out, I realised we ordered a biiiit too much:
We all agreed the serving sizes were pretty big!
Staff were very friendly and helpful and we had a great chat about the vegan side of things. More exciting news is that the vegan menu will be appearing in the Brunswick (Sydney Road) Snug House in a couple of months or so, so be sure to keep an eye out for that! I’m really looking forward to Irish pub food closer to home, so I know I will be heading down to Sydney Road’s Snug House when the vegan menu appears. Sydney Road scores AGAIN.
The Brunswick Snug House is smaller than St. Kilda, which we found perfectly okay for our group of four (St. Kilda, that is). There are also some tables outside.
We were all very happy with our meals and now I’ll just wait for that Shepherd’s Pie to show up at Brunswick.
The Snug Public House
2/12 Fitzroy Street, St. Kilda