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Thu, Feb. 10th, 2011, 05:58 pm
tobyaw: Tailend veggie-hating menu lies

The Tailend chip shop’s menu has a “Veggie Option” section. It isn’t a great leap to infer that their veggie burger, veggie spring roll, and veggie haggis, are suitable for vegetarians. But it appears that they are only vegetarian until they are cooked.

In one corner of their in-shop menu board, there is a hand-written note saying that all of their food is fried in beef dripping. On questioning the young man behind the counter, he confirmed that the veggie food is all cooked in beef fat. He said that they could grill a veggie burger, but that doesn’t help the other items described as “veggie”, or the chips they are served with.

As a vegetarian, I accept that a minority of chip shops cook in beef dripping, and that they don’t always make it clear. But when a menu describes food as veggie, I expect it to be vegetarian.

Thu, Feb. 10th, 2011 08:57 pm (UTC)

when a menu describes food as veggie, I expect it to be vegetarian.
*nods* Too bloody right. Being vegetarian actually means somethgin to some people, and lying is not on.

Thu, Feb. 10th, 2011 09:22 pm (UTC)

What’s worse is that I’ve eaten in the café a couple of times, including discussing with the waitress what the various vegetarian options were. No mention of the beef dripping…

Wed, Mar. 9th, 2011 05:40 pm (UTC)

I could've sworn that note was next to the vegetarian menu. Perhaps they moved it after you asked - I went a few weeks ago and I'm pretty sure it was after the posting date on this entry.

Anyway, I agree with you - it's incredibly misleading to describe food as vegetarian when it clearly isn't, even if it's the cooking method that stops it fitting the description.

Wed, Mar. 9th, 2011 07:30 pm (UTC)

The note was hand-written at the far-left of the menu when I was in there, quite some way from the “veggie” things on the menu. Would be good if they had made changes after my query. Would be even better if they’ve stopped calling their food veggie.