With vegetarian friends visiting from interstate and coming with me to the Last Tuesday Society show at Yah Yah’s on 30 June, I needed to find somewhere convenient for dinner. On their last visit we sampled Trippy Taco, Peko Peko and several other places, so this time it seemed appropriate to visit the newest vegetarian eatery in the area – Grumpy’s Green on Smith St a few doors up from Yah Yah’s.
Tuesdays are currently $10 cheap nights at Grumpy’s Green, and I’m planning to try more of the recession inspired cheap nights that many pubs, cafes and restaurants are advertising. I’d had a good breakfast at Grumpy’s a while ago and was keen to try dinner. The verdict? Sadly average at best. Discounting potential downsizing of the serve to match the price reduction (something Hookturns comments on regarding the Builder’s Arms), the meals were of mixed quality.
The vegetable parma (top) seemed the best meal. The vegan burger (above) was considered acceptable. My nachos (below) were quite good but a bit bland – they needed lots more chilli. The warm vegetable salad (bottom) was disappointing – basically some roasted pumpkin over a green salad. It lacked both size and substance.
I like the idea of Grumpy’s more than the reality. They have lots of nice beers and some great wines on the list, including an excellent mourvedre (and like 100 Mile Cafe used to do, they include the distance of the winery from Melbourne in the list). They need to try a bit harder to improve the food given the quality of the competition in the area.