My cousin and I love meeting at a vegan restaurant between our two houses because we can have anything on the menu. They change the menu every few months, so I jump on and check the menu before we head to the restaurant. I’m that bad with surprises: I don’t even like my restaurant menus to look different.
I usually get one of the fake meat options because they’re something I wouldn’t make for myself, but this time I was super curious about a bagel-themed salad. It’s vegan, but they had recreated the experience of a bagel and lox in salad form.
Let me begin by saying that I have never had lox. I mean, I haven’t had any fish, but I have especially not had lox because the smell just about kills me. But is there anything more Jewish than a bagel and lox? Here was my chance to partake in the experience without having to actually partake in the experience. I would know what everyone else was consuming, and I would not have to actually consume said fish to gain this knowledge.
So I ordered the salad.
And I hated it.
My cousin has tried lox before, and she said that the fake fish came pretty damn close to the taste and texture of the real thing. Not only could I not consume the lox portion, but the whole salad had me feeling squicked out.
I was going to box it and take it home for Josh to eat because it was my bad. The restaurant delivered exactly what the restaurant said it was going to deliver. It was now my problem because I had ordered it. But my cousin kindly informed our waitress that the salad was squicking me out, and the waitress told me it was no trouble to let me order something different.
I felt both so grateful and so guilty. It felt so damn wasteful, and I hate waste!
I know that restaurants want customers to be happy. This restaurant, in particular, has always gone above and beyond to accommodate needs. But needs are different from wants. Food allergies should always be worked around, but likes and dislikes? I don’t know. I was really on fence as to whether I deserved different food if I ordered poorly.
Have you ever sent back a dish?