Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Snag Stand - cosmopolitan takeaway

When we went to the Children's Book Festival at the State Library (below) on the weekend, there wasn't much food on offer but the library is surrounded by places to eat.  One of the most convenient places to go was Snag Stand, which I had intended to return to, despite learning the hard way that their sauerkraut has bacon in it. They do after all have a potato, smoked apple and sage vegetarian sausage.  That kind of attention to detail is rare in veggie sausages.

The first time I tried their snags was some months ago.  I ordered The Vegetarian.  This consisted of their potato, smoked apple and sage sausage with fried onions, rosemary mushrooms and truffle aioli on a brioche roll.  It was ok but a bit heavy for my tastes.  On my second visit I thought I would get a bit experimental and try the sauerkraut but found that it has bacon in it (though this is not stated on the menu which is a black mark against them).  On my last visit this weekend I noticed that they now have a Vegetarian Spicy Spanish Chorizo served with semi sun-dried tomatoes, chipotle aioli, baby rocket and shredded goats cheese on a brioche roll.  Kudos for having two vegetarian sausages.

Snag stand is clever, pricey and aimed at the hipsters.  I am sure it no coincidence that it is diagonally opposite RMIT University.  A sausage in a roll with toppings costs around $10.  From a hole in the wall.  And it is called a 'haute dog'.  A buzzer accompanies your wait so that you can be buzzed when your order is ready.  Well, at least they aren't yelling out your name!  And there are some seats on the footpath where you can wait or even eat your snag once it arrives.

Back to Saturday, I left Sylvia and E watching some of the book fest antics while I ordered for all of us.  E got a spicy meat kransky.  Sylvia had a plain sausage and sauce.  I went off the menu again and ordered a vegetarian sausage with fried onions, cheese and tomato sauce.  Then I found that I had a vegetarian version of the Australia Fare but with a poppyseed roll.  I also ordered chips because Sylvia loves them so much and I was unsure how she would go with her snag.  When I asked, our snags were packed into a bag in closed cardboard boxes rather the the open boxes in which they usually serve them.

The chips were great.  Hot, well seasoned and crispy.   I was pleased that Sylvia ate half of her sausage.  She might have even eaten more but E decided that he preferred the veg to the meat sausage and ate the other half.  My onion and cheese topped sausage was not the prettiest but it was delicious and satisfying, in an old fashioned kind of way.

It was an easy family meal for us but caters for a broad range of people.  The sausages can be plain as Sylvia's or quite gourmet.   Gluten free sausages are available (see Where's the Beef for more information on the veg sausages) and if you are after anything vegan, you might be interested to read Louise by Degrees' post.  I will definitely be back to try out more combinations. 

Snag Stand
Cnr La Trobe & Swanston St (outside Melbourne Central shopping centre)
Melbourne CBD
Tel: (03) 9639 6544
Email: info@snagstand.com.au 
http://snagstand.com.au/

12 comments:

  1. The word "snag" for sausages is new to me! Here in the US they are usually called dogs. The vegetarian versions look oh so delicious.

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    1. Thanks Nupur - I grew up hearing people talking about throwing a few snags on the barbie! Hot dogs was less common when I was growing up - they were always bright red!

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  2. What a funny stand - I was thinking it would be cheap and with a standard hot dog-type menu but they really do seem to be quite gourmet (or at least have the gourmet options) - which is great, if a little pricier than perhaps necessary!

    I love the idea of apple and sage in a vegetarian sausage but confess that I'd want mine as a sausage and bun and no toppings. I'll have to look out for them if I ever make it back to Melbourne (all my trips over East seem to take me elsewhere these days, sadly).

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    1. Thanks Kari - I quite like toppings on my sausages but if you want it plain like Sylvia then it will be a lot cheaper - our three sausages and a small chips cost $28 but I was so flustered with our complicated order that I couldn't quite work out the pricing

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  3. I love the look of the chips, and the vege sausage option sounds delicious!

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    1. Thanks Cakelaw - I was surprised that E preferred it to the Kransky as I have heard people singing high praises of the Kransky but I don't think it is his sort of thing!

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  4. Vegetarian Chorizo! Michael is going to be keen for that. Thanks for the update.

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    1. Thanks Cindy - I hope you and Michael might try it - would be curious to hear what you think!

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  5. I do love sausages and I think I would have taken a while to choose just one out of the menu! :D

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  6. Those sandwiches sound delicious! I love inventive vegetarian sandwiches...they're usually pretty hard to come by! I've found a lot of restaurants in NYC cease to mention when they cook veggies with bacon. I've learned to ask and nag relentlessly to make sure what I'm getting is meat free!

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  7. yum! I will have to check this place out!

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