The Snug in St Kilda some months ago. It has taken us so long to visit the Brunswick sister pub that sadly in the meanwhile, the St Kilda one has closed. The Brunswick pub has some fine vegan offerings but not as extensive a menu as over the other side of the river but it feels far more like a pub than the St Kilda one.
Cindy had alerted me to the the Snug having vegan breakfasts.
Kudos to the Snug for this impressive plate. I enjoyed it but I did find the silken tofu scramble a bit soft for my liking and the facon a little too like bacon for me. On the other hand I loved the crunchy hash brown and the Tofurky sausage. In retrospect, I think I might have enjoyed the corn fritters more. Next time. Sylvia had a sausage, hash brown and beans, She wasn't into the sausages which were slightly spicy but she loved the rest of it.
Faye's advice that the meals were huge. She was right. I was there because I had the opportunity rather than because I was starving. Then I found myself faced with a huge pile of mashed potatoes, two large Tofurky sausages, a pool of onion gravy and a truckload of peas. It didn't take me long to fill up.
I was very grateful that the landlord passed and said it could go home in a doggy bag. I went home with some very good side dishes and some leftover sausages.
As well as Christmas jumpers, there were fairy lights, the festive aroma of mulled wine and Irish music from a man in a santa hat with a guitar in the corner. He sung a pleasing gentle mix of modern Christmas and Irish folk.
The meal was huge. The ham was like little orange-pink round of vegan sausage and not too bad. I could not eat the huge slice of turkey which was just too like meat for me. (I know some vegans miss turkey but I never have.) I am not so into boiled carrots and missed the roast pumpkin that we have always have at Christmas. On the other hand, I loved the stuffing and gravy which I often don't get at a roast dinner. And I enjoyed the sprouts. E loved his meaty roast dinner. We ordered roast potato and battered vegan sausage for Sylvia. She was not keen on the sausage but I thought the crispy batter was very good.
The Snug Public House
68 Sydney Road, Brunswick
Open: Mon-Thurs: 3pm ’til late, Fri: 12pm ’til late, Sat-Sun: 11am ’til late
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