Do you ever go out to eat but feel let down by the portion size? Now I don’t want you to think I am a greedy person with ‘eyes bigger than my stomach’ (as my mother would say). Its just that sometimes the portion size of veggie food is so much less than that of the meat and fish options. It just leaves you feeling short changed. And hungry.
One of the first things you get asked by non vegetarians is ‘where do you get your protein from?’ Sometimes I sit in restaurants and ask myself the same question.
On a recent visit to Champneys one of the evening meal options was teryaki braised tofu. I thought this sounded wonderful as I love tofu. So I ordered it. The portion of tofu that turned up was miniscule. There was one small two inch strip of tofu on the top of some noodles. By contrast those that ordered the meat equivalent had 4-5 similar sized pieces of meat. They looked at my meal and all commented on the lack of main ingredient.
This isn’t the first time I have noticed this. Wagamama has done the same in the past. The tofu portion size has always been small in comparison to the meat equivalent. I am glad to report that this has improved with the latest menu.
A local Michelin starred restaurant I went to served up one duck egg in a jus with a baby leek as a vegetarian main. The meat eaters had two slices of meat, plus veg and potato.
But it isn’t necessarily about protein. Eating out one Sunday at a local gastro pub I ordered a main of pasta. My other half ordered their famous roast dinner, which cost £15 – only £3 more than pasta dish. The extra £3 made all the difference – the roast dinner had 3 times the amount of food. My pasta dish consisted literally of a plate of pasta. No side salad, or bread. And it wasn’t a big plate. I finished my dish quite quickly and watched my other half continue to wade through his pile of food. My pasta dish was about the size of the side of veg he had. And, apart from feeling hungry, I was left feeling slightly ripped off. £12 for a plate of pasta that probably cost £5 to make.
I don’t know why some restaurants seem to think that vegetarians have smaller appetites. I have not met one yet. Vegetarian food is much cheaper to buy so why charge the same for smaller portions size, and often less complex dishes. Is it a lack of understanding and thought or is it greed – of the money kind?