We were hanging out with the Moody Noodles in the inner-west again and, after weighing up our options, we decided to head back to The Reverence Hotel to check our their newly expanded menu. Since our earlier visit they've greatly expanded their range. The menu is Mexican-themed and is super veg-friendly, with tacos, a tofo burrito and veggie chimichangas, plus four veggie pizzas and a veggie torta.
Having sampled their tacos last time (although the vegan pulled pork option is new!), we branched out a bit, splitting the chimichanga (deep-fried flour tortilla filled with pinto beans and cheese, served on spinach and rice, topped with guacamole, salsa and sour cream, $15 - vegan option) and the vegan smoky chicken torta (housemade chickpea cutlet, black beans, spinach, tomato, avocado, fried onions, salsa, jalapenos, lime chipotle mayo and spicy bbq sauce in a toasted roll, $15).
The chimichanga was kind of junky and ridiculous - deep-fried Mexican is overkill really. Still, the crispy tortilla stuffed fully of melty cheese and beans was not without its charms, particularly to accompany a few beers. It's a pretty massive meal - there'll be no dessert for you if you make your way through one of these.
The torta was a more balanced meal - it's basically a chickpea burger turned up to 11. The patty is smoky and delicious - nothing like the mock-chicken of its name, but excellent nonetheless. It's loaded up with salad, condiments and jalapenos, and comes with a side of excellent chips. This is a rival to the Gaso's southern-fried chicken burger for vegan pubby goodness.
Speaking of the Gasometer, The Reverence is treading a pretty similar path - providing interesting, junky and vegan-friendly (and gf-friendly for that matter) pub food to a crowd of tattooed hipsters and assorted hangers-on. It's going gangbusters too, with loads of people there both times we visited. It's great to see - we'll be back to explore more of the menu soon.
Read about our first visit the The Reverence here. Nobody else seems to have blogged it since we last visited.
The Reverence Hotel
28 Napier Street, Footscray
veggie pizzas $9 - $11, tacos $3
Accessibility: There's a small step at the (narrowish) front door, but the side door is flat and wide. Inside things are fairly spread out, with at most small steps between the bar, side-room and courtyard. We ordered and paid at the bar, and didn't visit the toilets.