Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Lunch Series: Two Bit Villains Soda Bar




Or 'The One Where Two Meat-Eaters Unknowingly Dine At A Vegetarian Eatery'

Two Bit Villains
Shop 150
Balcony Level, Adelaide Arcade
Adelaide

LOL. I'm still not living this down. I surprised hubby with my choice of lunch date location last week, and he was pretty amused/appalled/surprised alright when he looked at the menu. I don't know how I missed this, because I did research Two Bit Villains online before proudly making my decision, but all the meat words were in quotes. For example, panko-crumbed "chicken", housemade pressed "beef" and spice-rubbed "pulled pork". ALL THE MEAT WAS FAKE. Oh My God, we laughed. We laughed, we laughed some more, and then as staunch Carnivores, we widely avoided ordering the fake meat. I looked at hubby and could see him mentally crafting the story he would tell his workmates upon his return. This tale would not feature me in a favourable light. Anyhoo, I ordered, said no to all the vegan and dairy-free options, and returned to our table. And thus began our one hour experience as vegetarians.





Drinks: I ordered a Passionfruit Hand-Crafted Botanical Soda which was very subtle in flavour and low in bubbles. My husband had a Tummy Tonic Soda Float (ginger, citrus, mint, star anise and icecream) which came in a jar (naturally) and was quite nice.





Food: I had the Onion Rings Burger (if you read this post you'll be aware of my onion ring addiction) which was lettuce, tomato, cheese on a bun stuffed with onion rings and a swirl of tomato sauce and mustard. I picked Tater Tots as my side, probably just so I could shove them in my pockets later like Napoleon Dynamite. This was a good sized meal. I mean we are talking generous servings here. I basically couldn't finish it and hubby just managed to eat his but couldn't finish mine. This never happens (he always has the ability to finish my food). I'm pretty sure the cheese was real and the burger was good. The tater tots were good. I enjoyed and was super-full afterwards. My husband got the Nacho! Nacho! Man meal with guacamole (a basket of crunchy tortilla chips topped with housemade salsa beans, grated carrot, corn, spring onions, sour cream and cheese). He said it was really nice, even the beans which he normally doesn't like. He had onions rings as a side, and obviously we shared the tater tots and onion rings, because of my #onionringaddiction. The onion rings were super crunchy and delicious! 10/10 for the onion rings!




Fun Fact: Adelaide Arcade is supposedly haunted. I was on the look out for ghosts, but disappointingly, did not meet any on the day in question. Although the pale look on hubby's face when he saw the menu came close.



Ambience: I loved the cute, funky decor, the quirky arches and the large opening out to Rundle Mall that provided a welcome breeze. We were told if we sat on a long table we may have to share, so we made a beeline for the high tables with stools along the wall. Our table was quite private and plenty fun! There weren't a ton of other diners, perhaps another four or five tables of people. The staff were all friendly and capable, no issues there whatsoever. I'm glad it didn't get super-busy. Overall, quite a lovely dining atmosphere.

I'm not gonna lie, we've probably eaten everything off the menu that we want to, with the possible exception of the Frozen Choc Peanut Pie dessert. I don't think we'd return, even though it was a pleasant surprise!


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Disclaimer: Non-sponsored. We paid for our own meals and all thoughts are my honest, unbiased opinion.

What's your favourite non-vegetarian eatery?

20 comments:

  1. Bahaha! That is so something I would do. My husband would be equally unimpressed. But he'd dine out on the story for the rest of his life. (See what I did there?) #teamIBOT

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    1. Haha very 'punny'! Yeah he was pretty smug that he had a great lunch tale to tell his workmates lol :)

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  2. Interesting I'd love that sort of vegetarian food but my hub would be unimpressed without meat in his burger.

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    1. Yeah that's why I went for the Onion Rings Burger. Also, onion rings. #yum

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  3. We just did 49 days of being vegan (well, my husband did) for religious reasons. It's amazing how much mock meat you find at the Asian groceries that taste surprisingly good! DF xoxo


    www.doaner-fide.com

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    1. I should have been braver and tried it then! xx

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  4. this is hilarious! my boyfriend would have walked out haha such a big meat eater :P glad it went ok though!
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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    1. LOL thanks! Mine took it in good humour thankfully!

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  5. I haven't been to Two-Bit Villians since they moved to the front of the arcade but will have to check it out again soon. I'm a meat-eater and not a fan of fake meat but I could probably handle the nachos!

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    1. I didn't know they moved! Where were they before?

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  6. This food looks fab. I was a vegan for 4 years. I eat red meat and fish now. They look like very nice meals.

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    1. Oh that's interesting! Yeah, they were great :)

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  7. Oh my god, the decor is gorgeous and the food - if I wasn't bloody coeliac - looks fabulous.

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    1. Yeah, I thought it was really cute inside. It's so hidden away upstairs too :)

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  8. That actually sounds so cool. And the decor! Since my daughter went vego I'm learning to appreciate a meatless meal a lot more. Thanks for linking with the Lovin' Life Linky.

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    1. I know, I was impressed by how cute it was inside and the food was actually quite yummy!

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  9. Oh I just love your lunch series and this is hilarious! It is totally something I would do! Love it!

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  10. LOL! I am a staunch carnivore too! My husband on the other hand, he's okay with fake meat. I'd be like, "No way! That's a conspiracy!"
    Those onions would make it up for me, though. YUM!

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    1. OMG I can't get enough onion rings. They are my weakness and shall someday bring me undone. lol

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