I think one of the most common reasons that people who want to become vegan, but don’t, is because of the misconception of how it will affect your social life. And to an extent, they’re right. Eating out as a vegetarian can be difficult enough, with only a couple of choices (which are always the same too, goats cheese, mushrooms or risotto!) usually available. So becoming a vegan means even less choice.
However, it’s not impossible. Being a vegan does mean preparation; checking menus and phoning or emailing up the restaurant beforehand to find out if they have something on their menu that is suitable, or at least, if they’re willing to make something suitable.
For my first meal out as a Vegan, I went to Banjo, somewhere I have always loved as a vegetarian. Despite this, I didn’t have any expectations for any vegan options, and I’ll admit, I hadn’t phoned up or emailed beforehand. But it turned out it didn’t matter, as they had vegan options already on their menu! On the menu they had meals marked ‘V’ – Vegetarian, ‘VV’ – Vegan and ‘VC’ – Vegetarian but can be made vegan. As someone who expected no options at all, I was very excited. More excited than I probably should have been!
Please excuse the crappy photos! The lighting was bad and I’m not sure if they really showcase just how great the food was.
Now if only more restaurants could start adopting this approach! I would love to see some more adventurous deserts too – chocolate all the way please!