Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Snug Public House III

May 7, 2017


The Snug has been promising weekend breakfasts ever since they introduced their vegan menu last year, and they debuted mornings this month! Sharp-eyed Michael noticed it from the street within two hours of opening but I kept him waiting further 23 before letting him loose on the Big Breakie ($19). This is an enormous shallow bowl with sourdough toast and margarine, two rashers of the best streaky facon, a Tofurky sausage, scrambled silken tofu, grilled mushrooms, a golden hash brown, tub of baked beans, and bonus unlisted grilled cherry tomatoes. Michael attacked it with gusto, saw the meal through, and skipped lunch entirely as a consequence.


I took a little more time to choose than Michael. Fruit toast excepted, the menu is all savoury, and it's dominated by carbs and mock meats. On another day I'd be drawn to the Facon Butty or the BLAT; there's also Bacon and Eggs (facon and scrambled tofu) for those who like to mock the simple things. But I was on the lookout for something a little lighter, and picked out the corn fritters ($16.50). While they were indeed studded with corn, the fritters were dense (perhaps based on chickpea flour or mashed potato? The Snug team have since told us they're polenta-based) and almost certainly deep-fried (actually grilled). They sat atop a generous portion of avocado, and were garnished with a cheery fresh tomato salsa. The side of lemon-dressed baby kale and spiralised veges looked intimidating and chewy but was actually terrific.


On that basis, I'd assume that nothing on the menu qualifies as 'light'. Really, it's as we should expect from an Irish pub whether it's vegan or not: hearty fry-ups best enjoyed the morning after a night sampling their beers or, in Michael's case, after an early morning bird-watching on an empty stomach.
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You can also read about one, two dinners we've eaten at the Brunswick Snug.
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The Snug Public House
68 Sydney Rd, Brunswick
9388 8756
standard breakfast, vegan breakfast
http://thesnugpublichouse.com/

Accessibility: The interior is crowded, with a mix of tables and high seats at the bar. The courtyard has bench seats and stools. We ordered at our table and paid at the high bar.

5 comments:

  1. That's going to the top of my brunch wish list - looks really amazing - and is nice to see vegan brekkies that are hearty - am also happy to hear lots of of the items are savoury.

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    1. Hi Johanna - I thought you might be put off by the mock meat, but the corn fritters or the smashed avocado plate might appeal to you!

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    2. I had planned to go this weekend but our hot water system broke down and we got distracted - hope to get there soon! I loved the snug in st kilda so hopefully will find some stuff to please me here

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  2. Too many places on my want to eat in Melbourne list, not enough time!

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    1. Susan- I bet that list is long, but you always do an impressive job on your visits!

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