If you love pub grub AND the environment then you will love The Green Lion!
Today we are lucky to have some great vegan pub food around the world, think The Cornish Arms (Melbourne) and Highline Bar (Seattle) just to name a couple.
Sydney has fianlly stepped up to the vegan pub food game with it’s very own 100% plant based pub opening in Rozelle in late 2016, offering traditional pub food, with a twist!
The aptly named Green Lion kitchen opened upstairs from The Red Lion Hotel in Sydney’s very veg-friendly Inner West. The venue is typical of an unassuming working class pub, in fact the table behind us didnt even realise a vegan kitchen had opened upstairs from their favourite local.
The menu is extensive for a pub menu and offers burgers, hot dogs, pizza, nachos, curry, loaded fries and more. The pub also serves vegan friendly alcohol (maybe now more alcohol companies will realised that they don’t have to use fish and egg products to refine their beer, wine and spirits!).
Another cheeky twist at TGL is the weekly Sunday Fake Meat Raffle.
Usually I’m amongst the first in line to try new vegan eats although it took me a while to visit The Green Lion. The opening was just before I went overseas for 6 weeks and by the time I got home the reviews weren’t exactly tempting. So I kept TGL on my To Eat List and it wasn’t until State of Origin Game #2 that I got a chance to try it for myself. Kevve (Kevin’s new nickname, after my facourite snacks at Manoosh, the Pumpkin Kebbe), was tempted to try vegan versions of his favourite pub grub after a workmate raved about the Green Mack Burger. We were driving home from visiting Kev’s nan in Bankstown Hosiptal and were figuring out what to do for dinner (considering we still couldn’t reach the kitchen since moving house over the weekend) when Rozelle approached. It worked out well since our TV wasn’t set up yet so a pub feed meant access to Origin too! Too bad about the game though…
The burgers are where it’s at when it comes to TGL’s menu. The chips are skinny, Macca’s type fries. The nachos, while generously supersized, had a dissapointing amount of “sour cream” and guac (because we all know that guac is where its at when it comes to nachos) and the corn chips lacked flavour and crunch. The Aussie Burger with the lot was overflowing with fillings and flavour though and for those with food sensitivities, burgers can be made on gluten-free buns.
Whilst the flavours and prices could use a little work, TGL is a great choice for an eco conscious afternoon at the pub.
Don’t forget to take some cashola with you because The Green Lion kitchen is cash only.
Overview Cuisine | Vegan pub food Vibe | Relaxed – Local – Friendly Must Try | Green Mack Burger Service | 4/5 Rating | 3/5