Respond to Review of Paul and Elizabeth's
by Sarah P
Review: After 20 years of frequenting P&E's, I just found out that all foods are fried in the same oil: fish, vegetable tempura, rice croquettes, and tofu. Over the years I have asked many questions about the veganism of many menu items, and I have never been informed of this fact until a few days ago. I had not been aware of this practice, and I did not think to ask because foods are labeled as "vegetarian" or located in the "vegetarian section" of the menu. For example, I just found out that the "vegetarian platter" special contains tofu and rice croquettes that are fried in the same oil along with fish. When I discovered this fact, the server informed me that I had been irresponsible in making such an assumption, and that it had been my duty to ask the specific question about the oil in order to make "informed consent". She further explained that when customers report having a fish allergy they are informed of the practice because they have a "medical issue", but vegetarians are not told of the practice because they have made a "choice". She said that P&E's is by no means a "vegetarian, organic, or kosher" restaurant, and people make the mistake to assume that it is in fact vegetarian. I have since contacted the owner who reported that he will try to work with his staff to rectify the situation, though he did not specify the measures he would take. Please be informed that should you consider P&E's for a meal, any fried foods, whether or not they are delineated as "vegetarian", are cooked in the same oil as fish.