When thinking about vegan pub food, it is probably the first to come to mind. The Cornish Arms also just so happened to be the venue for my friend Steph’s birthday celebrations this year. Located at 163A Sydney Rd, Brunswick, The Cornish Arms has quite a lot of gluten free marked on the menu.
With a beer garden out the back and a traditional pub feel I just wanted to sit back and relax. It definitely has those after work chill vibes. At first glance, it seems like a pretty good haven for those gluten free vegans. You can never assume though so, after receiving the invite I took the opportunity to find out if I’d be able to eat at this celebration.
I always like it when the staff appears knowledgeable about Coeliac Disease and contamination. Their response clearly let me know that not a lot marked on the menu would be safe for someone with Coeliac Disease. They do not have a separate fryer or toaster and explained that many of the vegan options have a high chance of contamination not only from them but some contamination from suppliers as well.
In the end, they provided me a handful of choices that would be the safest options. Additionally, they mentioned it was highly unlikely they’d be contaminated due to their procedures. These options consisted of pork belly, gnocchi, steaks (without gravy and chips), Lamb, stuffed peppers, chicken salad, nachos without the fake meat and the Confit Duck($26). Ironically Brody and I had been speaking about duck during the week, which is why I ordered that.
With meat that slid off the bone, the duck was beautiful. Adorning the top was crispy prosciutto, which added saltiness to the dish. The creamy ricotta gnocchi melted in my mouth. The highlight of the dish was the slightly caramelized exterior on the gnocchi due to pan frying. Paired with a little bit of acidity in the sauce the confit cherry tomatoes and pea puree at the bottom added a well-needed freshness. Rich in natural flavour, both were a welcome addition.
I definitely felt like the odd one out, despite the meal being spectacular. Everyone else ordered vegan meals and it was a bit of a disappointment that the gluten free vegan meals aren’t really safe for someone with Coeliac Disease. To all those who have Coeliac Disease and are vegan, where do you eat out? For those curious, I also have a list of my favourite vegan snacks.
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