Respond to Review of Vegeria - Viva Book Complex
Review: I wanted so much to enjoy my meal at this restaurant. After all, it's the ONLY vegan place in San Antonio, and I wanted to find a new "home" for when I'm in the mood to eat out. Alas, it was not to be. I spoke with my server and asked specifically for recommendations that would have the homemade vegan cheese included in the meal. She recommended the enchiladas, so I ordered them. I also ordered a homemade tamal, which also was supposed to come with homemade vegan cheese on it. What I got was a plate of inedible enchiladas smothered in a horrible sauce that appeared to be nothing more than chile powder that had been toasted and then mixed with plain old water. Yuk. The problem was that the enchiladas had this sauce inside and out, as the potatoes inside seemed to be infused with the same nasty sauce. To add insult to injury, the cheese melted over the enchiladas was remarkably similar to Daiya cheese, which I happen to like, but which was definitely NOT homemade vegan cheese. Perhaps the chef has learned how to duplicate Daiya cheese him/herself, but I doubt it. I wouldn't have minded the Daiya cheese being on my food; as I said, I happen to like the stuff. But the server clearly either didn't know what would be on the plate or didn't care. Neither option makes me a happy vegan camper. The corn and bean salad that I ordered as my side tasted as though the tomatoes had been in the fridge for a few days, not spoiled but definitely old. The saving grace, and the reason I will return to give the place another chance, was the tamal. It was absolutely delicious. I wished I'd known how good it would be, as I'd definitely have been happy with two or three of them instead of the enchiladas. I don't kid you at all when I say that the tamal was one of the best I have ever had. Moist, substantial, and full of flavor, and covered with that homemade vegan cheese that I so wish had been on other things. Just fabulous. That alone will encourage me to return. I hope that this new establishment becomes more conscientious about its ingredients, or at least about properly telling their customers what is going to be on the plate. And please--get rid of that enchilada sauce!