I have to admit, I was not looking forward to going to Abbatoir for dinner last night. If you could pick a restaurant not up my alley more than anything, this would be it. However, my friend Jamie had asked them if they could make me a vegetarian meal when he made the reservations and they said yes.
When we were ready to order, I noticed that they actually had added a vegetarian option to the menu – risotto. The waiter also said that they chef could prepare a vegetable plate for me if I didn’t want the risotto. I went with that. He said it could be vegan also, if I wanted. I told him that while I wasn’t vegan, I didn’t want a lot of butter in the veggies. I was served a huge plate of [buttery] vegetables.
Talk about a lot of food. That shit wasn’t cheap either! My meal cost roughly twice as much as Jason’s burger. It was good and I only ate about a third of it since I was so full.
Matt at No Meat Atlete wrote a post recently about things that suck about being a vegetarian. Numbers one and two rang very true for me last night. Instead of looking forward to dinner with friends, I spent a good few weeks worrying about what I was going to eat at said dinner. While everyone else got to try new things, I ate buttery vegetables. It’s hard sometimes. But I went vegetarian for a reason and the reason wasn’t so going out to eat would be easy. I need to remember that. Besides, the buttery vegetables were tasty.