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Lunch At The Snug Public House In Saint Kilda

The Snug Public House St Kilda

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:The Snug Public House St Kilda

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.

The Snug Public House St Kilda

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 Snug Public House St Kilda

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:The Snug Public House St Kilda

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.

The Snug Public House St KildaThe Snug Public House St Kilda

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

http://www.thesnughouse.com

http://www.facebook.com/SNUGSTKILDA/
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Brunch At Sister Of Soul In St Kilda

Sister of Soul St Kilda

I’ve been to Sister Of Soul a few times now and I’ve previously blogged about a lunch visit. This time, I was in the area around brunch time so my son and I decided to go in to check out the morning menu. The vegetarian/vegan menu for the morning hours looked just as good as the lunch/dinner menu.

After a little stress trying to navigate Acland Street by foot with the current roadworks going on, we nabbed a window seat (that’s my doing, light for photos and all). I’m on a bit of a mission now to try all the different flavoured lattes around town (you know… beetroot, blue algae, etc) and so I ordered the Spiced Carrot Latte with almond milk (around $6.50 from memory). I couldn’t take a photo of the carrotyness, but I did pick up a carroty flavour and will try to replicate this at home cos it was pretty good.

Sister of Soul St Kilda

Arthur will get pancakes anywhere anytime so he got the Buckwheat and Banana Pancake ($16.50) which was topped with strawberries, banana, poached pear, nut crumble and a chocolate sauce. He pretty much scraped off the nut crumble and pear (they’re not his thing) so of course I ate those for him.  It was nice, not very sweet (which is my preference) but a little pricey for a single pancake in my humble opin’ despite being slightly larger than the average size pancakes most places serve.

Sister of Soul St Kilda

The Big Vegan ($17.50) stood out for me: smashed avocado, marinated tofu topped with a tomato, corn and coriander salsa, wilted spinach, rosemary potato rosti, plum dipping sauce and multigrain toast. There was a decent amount of avocado for both pieces of toast and overall I enjoyed everything on the plate.

Sister of Soul St Kilda

Service was fast and friendly as with previous visits. There are a few more nice looking meals on the menu I’d like to try. St. Kilda isn’t an area I visit often but when I do, it involves a bit of public transport adventuring. So it’s pretty nice to be confident that if I end up at Sister of Soul, I can unwind a bit and enjoy a good meal (and people watch by the window).

Sister Of Soul

73 Ackland Street, St. Kilda

http://www.sisterofsoul.com.au

https://www.facebook.com/sisterofsoulstkilda

 

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Late Lunch At Sister Of Soul, St Kilda

Sister of Soul, St. Kilda

I visited Sister of Soul some months ago but never blogged about it because I hadn’t taken photos (I was without my camera because I ate there before a concert at the Palais Theatre). This week I was able to go back for another meal and naturally, here I am to tell you about it 🙂

Sister of Soul provide vegetarian and vegan food, as well as some raw and gluten free meals. There are also options for people who don’t eat garlic or onion. The breakfast menu looks pretty fab!

I enjoyed my meal last time (the Rasavangy eggplant curry, $17.50) but my personal rule is that I never order the same meal twice when there’s the rest of the menu to explore. I was with Arthur so we ordered the rice balls with satay sauce ($9.50) which were really good. Arthur unfortunately dropped half a rice ball down his sleeve and despite taking his jacket off, we couldn’t find it. It wasn’t on the floor or seat either. That happened to me once with a dumpling and I later found it inside my boot:

Sister of Soul, St. Kilda

Arthur ordered the potato fries ($8.00). I would say I’m pretty fussy about chips, I mean when you get rank chips it hurts. These were really good chips, seasoned with rosemary and sea salt.

For my main, I ordered the vegan option of the Big Burrito ($17.00), though it seemed that the vegan option was just removing the cheese. The filling was red quinoa, spinach, beans and finely chopped veggies served with a salad, salsa and guacamole. I find it hard to resist a burrito with healthy ingredients and I quite enjoyed this:

Sister of Soul, St. Kilda

If I’m in St. Kilda again I’m very happy to go back and work my way through the vegan menu items. Service was fast and friendly and our food came out all at once (which suits me fine!). We were there around 3:15pm or so, and it wasn’t that busy though it was very busy when I went for dinner.

Sister of Soul, St. Kilda

Sister Of Soul

73 Ackland Street, St. Kilda

http://www.sisterofsoul.com.au

https://www.facebook.com/sisterofsoulstkilda

 

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Vegan Easy Market and ALV Christmas Celebration

Today I headed off to the Eco Centre in St. Kilda where the Vegan Easy Market and Animal Liberation Victoria Christmas Celebration were being held.  What a great day!  My friends and I arrived around midday.  Naturally, I headed right for the food.

Lunch was sausage sizzle (if you’re reading from another part of the world, a sausage sizzle is a barbequed sausage on a piece of bread).  Add onions if you have gourmet tastes like me:

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 Try to stop your sausage from flopping to one side while you take a photo of it:

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Tasty delights at the bake sale table:

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Mel, The Kind Cook, made some fabbo gingerbread peeps:


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I also watched Patty Mark’s ‘TofuTurkey’ cooking demo.  Yay for front row seats, you get the best view and the best whiffs of awesome smelling food:

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We finished off with pizzas from the nearby Mr. Natural Vegetarian Pizza joint and ate them by the beach.  I went for a pizza topped with mushroom, onion, bean sprouts, corn, green capsicum, beans and tofu (no vegan cheese for me as it was a couple bucks extra and I’m not a huge fan anyway).  Lots of vegie goodness in there but next time I might go for the lentil dhal or something plainer like a vegan hawaiian pizza.  And take a better photo:

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Okay, time to go finish off a fabulous day with some green tea and a Leda chocolate biscuit (yeah, my healthy eating was sort of accidentally forgotten today).