We decided it was time to add a new stop to the Pubs for Vegetarians tour of Melbourne we’ve been on, with a visit to Grumpy’s Green on Smith Street. Grumpy’s promotes itself as an eco-friendly pub with all food, beer and wine sourced locally, recycled furniture throughout the pub and capturing its rainwater on site to use in the bathrooms. These are all positives in my book!
The menu at Grumpy’s is almost entirely vegetarian, with some meat on the specials list which always feature sustainable meats like kangaroo. The menu is split into bar bites, pizzas and burgers and in the past I have never looked beyond the burgers as they have an impressive six vegetarian options including a tofu number, haloumi and eggplant, stuffed portobello mushroom as well as some lentil options. Much better than the standard veggie burger option at most pubs!
This visit however B and I decided to order a couple of different dishes to share, starting with the Quesadillas with spicy tempeh black beans & cheese filling, served with a rocket & jalapeno salad, guacamole & tomato salsa ($15). This came as two large quesadilla’s with a good amount of both the guacamole and the salsa, as well as the side salad. The quesadillas had a nice kick to them without being overwhelmingly spicy (although we chose not to eat the jalapenos in the salad!) and were really delicious. The black bean and tempeh filling was full of flavour and it was also jam-packed with cheesy goodness. We were happy campers!
Next up was the Roast Zucchini Pizza with sun-dried tomatoes, red onion & brie ($14) which was absolutely covered in cheesy, brie goodness. The combo of zucchini, sun-dried tomatoes and red onion worked really well and whilst the brie was delicious I was definitely glad we were sharing this as I really liked the couple of pieces I had, but probably couldn’t have eaten anymore of it!
Our final dish of the evening was the Eggplant & Potato Croquettes which came with a tomato dipping sauce and a spinach and rocket salad ($10). These were really nice and creamy on the inside and crispy on the outside which was excellent although the filling was a little bland and really needed that dipping sauce to make them taste their best. They definitely weren’t bad, they just weren’t bursting with flavour like the previous two dishes had been.
Overall we had a really nice dinner and I’m glad we decided to explore the menu beyond the burgers for once (although they are delicious too!). Grumpy’s is a great, low key pub doing delicious food and supporting local producers and brewers which I think definitely makes them worth supporting!
125 Smith Street, Fitzroy
Open Tuesday – Sunday