NOT VEGAN!! Pretends to be but not!
Posted on 08 / 28 / 2011
Very unhappy about this.
Although they call themelves vegetarian they do sell themselves as vegan - apart from the deserts. The first page of their menu says as much and I have always trusted this.
Went there last weekend with the family and ordered a bunch of things including a coleslaw salad. This coleslaw salad was topped with a couple of mock products, one of which was described as ham but closely resembled chicken/turkey. (At least I think it did - it's been years so I may be wrong!) I thought this ham would be handy to entertain non-vegans when they come past so I asked the staff if I could purchase some to take away and they happily obliged.
On coming home I checked the ingredients. It then hit me in the face: "whey protein." The label even warned "contains dairy." Apart from eating this rubbish in the restaurant I paid to now have a bunch of it at home.
Vina's staff always seem nice. And this weekend I noticed one of the staff wearing a "Supreme Master" shirt - they are/should be vegan and that gave me extra comfort. Honest mistake or otherwise, this episode has shaken my trust in all these (predominantly Asian) places that seem to think that dairy is somehow acceptable, even if only for deserts.
From now on if it's not **exclusively** vegan I'm either asking a million and one questions or otherwise outta there.
I thought about not posting this before speaking to the staff but I hope all vegans who read this make their intents and desires known to them too.
In this review the overall rating reflects my disappointment with the fraudulent vegan identity. If you are after a vegetarian restaurant heavy on mock meats you will like this place.
Not vegan!, Pretends to be vegan!