We’d called ahead and Red Brick said that while there was nothing suitable on the menu, they could definitely cater for a vegan.
Seated in front of the menu, it was apparent that there really wasn’t anything on the menu that could pass for vegan. An eggplant main sounded promising, but turned out to be pre-rolled slices of vegetable filled with goat products. The only possible entrée was a peach & proscuitto salad… without proscuitto or feta. Fortunately the restaurant’s owner (who’d reassured us on the phone earlier) was super-helpful and knew all about what vegans eat, so I sent him off with an order for ‘the vegan surprise’.
What arrived was a platter of the sides and sauces from a few of the other dishes – a real patchwork of things: roasted baby potatoes, a green salad with cherry tomatoes, green and black olives, pickled vegetables, blueberry and apple relish, puttanesca sauce and slices of baguette. Everything was fresh, tasty and well prepared, but it was a bit of a stretch to call it a vegan meal.
Red Brick was a pleasant place to spend an evening: it’s a heritage-listed building with views of the city, staff are friendly, the wine list is carefully selected. I’d go again for a drink, but can’t really recommend it for eating.