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Friday, 22 June 2018
Green Man's Arms: vegetarian pub in Carlton, Melbourne
Cindy and Michael's review late last year soon after opening. They enjoyed it but the dishes didn't look mind-blowing - with only one vegan main - and nor did the place. Move forward 6 months, a new chef and the place seems to have hit its stride. The majority of dishes are vegan with quite a few gf options, and lots of innovative dishes, as one would expect of a head chef who spent 6 years at Ottolenghi restaurants. Looking back at Cindy and Michael's photos, some nice decorative touches have been added to the retro wallpaper such as the collection of Australiana plates high on one wall of the dining room.
The pierogi does not seem to have the slaw on the side in the latest iteration of the menu which is a shame but maybe it will come back. I had the pierogi today with the caramelised onion and silverbeet. (Sadly the chickpea pancake had disappeared from the menu which had got great reviews.) This serving had more pierogi with the vegies hidden underneath. Again the dumplings were superb and wonderfully warming on a winter's day.
I saw the chef walking past and asked him if it was served warm. He said he could microwave it and I said yes please. He took it into the kitchen and yelled, they hated it! I assume he was joking. I hope so because once it was warmed up I loved it. The rhubarb was cooked to melting perfection and added great flavour. It contrasted nicely with the crunchy texture of the toasted slivered almonds.
Green Man's Arms
418 Lygon St, Carlton VIC 3053
+61 3 9347 7419
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 4pm til late, Fri-Sun: 12pm til late