Our ongoing quest to sample all the veg-friendly pubs of the inner-north continued with a Monday evening jaunt to the Union Club Hotel in Fitzroy's backstreets. It's a spacious place with a decent beer-garden and plenty of tables inside. We had our biggest pub club attendance for a while yet had no trouble finding a table for eight.
The menu has a handful of vegetarian options - a few entrees, a burger, a pizza, some baked mushrooms and one of the specials. Cindy couldn't resist the lure of something fried - zucchini and goat's cheese fritters with garden salad and lemon creme fraiche ($16).
The fritters themselves were a success, crispy-skinned balls of fried cheesiness, but the salad was a bit limp and over-dressed.
I went with the hearty vegan burger - a house-made five bean pattie, flavoured with special spices, with salad and chips ($16).
The patty was loaded up with beany protein and walked the fine line between dryness and sogginess. My salad didn't seem as soggy as Cindy's and the lightly toasted Turkish bread bun held everything together nicely. It's great to see a pub offering up a decent meal for vegans - so many of the pub vego options we see are pretty cheese-focussed.
The Union Club was a very successful pub club venue - gluten free options for our resident coeliac, a warm winter atmosphere, lots of good booze to choose from and pretty decent prices. It will definitely get a return visit.
The Union Club Hotel
Cnr Gore and Webb Streets, Fitzroy
entrees: $10 - $12, mains: $16 - $18
Accessibility: Looks good - just a small step to enter and plenty of space inside. Ordering and payment happens at a typically high pub bar.