A revisit to The Earl of Pitt Street was long overdue. It had been at least 18 months since our last meal and we’d heard whisper they were better at accommodating vegans than we’d previously encountered. There’s still no vegan labelling on the menu, although staff seem knowledgeable on what is SFV.
I apologise for the fact I didn’t take a photo of the menu which is something I normally do. Our waiter told us that if we’d contacted in advance there’d have been more options available. As everyone can eat vegan I don’t really see why this is necessary, of course. The choices offered were Lentil Dhal, Korean Vegetable & Noodle Broth and Vegetable Tagine.Under the steely gaze of Mr. Hitchcock we started off with some bread and olives. The wine list was also bereft of what was vegetarian and/or vegan, which would also be helpful especially when there’s nothing on the bottles which denotes whether they are suitable.
My Lentil Dhal main was clearly cooked long and slow as it was creamy, although there was still a little give in the pulses. Topped off with cucumber and tomato, there was a mild hint of spice to the dish.
Gavin is current obsession with dim sum shows no signs of abating so it seemed natural he would gravitate towards the broth. The Mushroom and Tofu dumplings were cooked perfectly and the liquor was a great balance of umami twang and sweetness.
We weren’t expecting anything other than sorbet for dessert but were both thrilled to discover a Chocolate Tart that was SFV offered. The tart Raspberry Sorbet and fruit topping stopped it from being too sickly and overpowering, but the pastry was a bit on the thick side for me.
It was definitely an enjoyable evening meal, although I feel the lack of labelling may put people with dietary requirements off. So many restaurants, independents included, have clear allergy advice which helps boost the confidence of those dining out with restrictions. I hope this is something that is taken on board next time the menu is updated as I’m sure many other vegans and those who are gluten free will benefit.
Thanks for reading,