It didn't take us too long to return the Fox Hotel with our pub club chums. On this Monday night it was less full but there was still a pleasant buzz to the room. We were sharing the space with fellow diners more than dedicated drinkers.
Of course Michael and I were both keen to explore the veg-friendly menu further. Michael returned to the dish they couldn't serve him last time - an open tofu and potato red curry pie topped with a Thai salad of coriander, peanuts, cucumber and sprouts ($17). The piled-up approach makes for striking presentation but somewhat inconvenient eating; once Michael had messed that all up he was a happy camper.
I decided I'd sample a couple of items from the snack menu. The garlic bread ($4) was as fluffy and buttery as hoped and I liked that they added some rocket to the plate as a crunchy-bitter contrast.
The mushroom and tofu gyozas ($10) also arrived with some welcome greens. I thought the mayonnaise drenching was a bit unnecessary but it didn't spoil my dumpling experience - I was too taken with the filling's wonderful deep mushroom flavour. I didn't expect such a thing in a pub environment!
We're very happy to confirm that our first fine meal at the Fox wasn't a complete fluke. It looks like they are consistently rocking veg pub cuisine.
Read about our first encounter with the Fox Hotel here.