We're well across the Cornish Arms' fatty vegan pub fare, but their parma specials are news to us. Vegan About Town reveals that these happen for Friday lunches and all day Sunday. Luckily we had just the Sunday lunch booked in to check 'em out.
The parma menu seems to change around (we didn't spot the poutine, pesto or pepperoni that Steph did) but there are guaranteed vegan options, and they're all $14 per plate. We skipped past the traditional version for the sake of research, but weren't feeling so adventurous as to order the satay-slathered Tasty Nuts parma.
Instead, Michael trialled the Cornholio. Unfortunately the veg version lacked any substitute for chilli beef, and was topped with just vegan sour cream and pickled jalapenos... pleasant, but not the saucy spicy extravaganza Michael had anticipated.
Rather, the saucy extravaganza was all mine in the Steamer - I could barely even make out the schnitzel under the streaky mock bacon, single bloated onion ring, and cascade of salty gravy. Deep, abiding gravy-love is a prerequisite for the Steamer, and I had just enough to make it through.
Given that their regular mains hover around the $20 mark, the parma specials are good value. We were also cheered to discover that a late Sunday lunch also coincides with pub trivia, and it's currently being hosted by our long-lost Grumpy Bastard host, Richard MacKenzie. Fun stuff for brains and bellies alike.
You can also read about one, two, three of our previous visits to the Cornish Arms. Since that last post, it's had positive coverage on veganfoodtour, frenchtoastandindiepop and Vegan About Town.
The Cornish Arms
163A Sydney Rd, Brunswick
Accessibility: There's a ramped entryway and a pretty spacious interior. Lighting is low without being ludicrously dim. We ordered at our table and paid at a high bar. The toilets are on the same level and are wheelchair accessible.