No V stands for vendetta against us vegetarians
IWAS very disappointed at an upmarket restaurant in Cookham where Mr F and I found ourselves recently finding nothing, yes, nothing, with a ‘V for vegetarian’ sign next to it. This is startling in the 21st century where many diverse tastes are catered for – there were even gluten free dishes on the menu.
I haven’t eaten meat for 27 years and in the bad old days when there was little or no imagination about dishes – and ‘foodies’, celebrity chefs and competitive cooking on TV did not exist – it was very difficult to get vegetarian choices in restaurants.
However, in most places over time this had improved dramatically.
Now it seems we are going backwards, with former possible options for vegetarians and piscatarians now containing bacon (this is happening in many places and I mentioned it before in a column about sandwiches. Many of you wrote to agree with me).
On this menu there was poached egg and avocado with bacon chutney and hollandaise; mussels served in bacon broth; savoy cabbage, crème fraiche and bacon. There was even streaky bacon stuck in the cauliflower cheese.
On a menu already awash with choices for carnivores I was reduced to a paltry (sorry) single option.
Our waiter said he would ask the chef. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry when he came back with the answer ‘there’s the risotto’ - which was the only suitable choice on the menu.
I had obviously spotted this but clearly not chosen it, so did not need it pointed out to me.
The restaurant (at lunchtime) was far from full – but not even an omelette was suggested by the chef. A choice of ONE dish is quite ridiculous.
In the bad old days the only dish available was always vegetable lasagne but I thought we’d moved on from that, particularly in restaurants which obviously pride themselves on a high standard of cuisine.
I was finally offered a beetroot starter in a main-size portion which I accepted, not wishing to spoil a pleasant dining experience for my party by taking it further.
The restaurant provided excellent food and table service. The three other members of my party enjoyed their meals: two had suckling pig and one chose steak (Mr F).
Would they have put up with a choice of one?
Why are we veggies being made to feel like poor relations again?
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