Ordering a vegan pizza in a restaurant, a girl was shocked with the meal she received.
20-year-old Ashley from Sydney, Australia, was travelling with her friends in Hanoi, Vietnam, when they stopped at what they thought was an all you can eat buffet – which included pizza.
Unfortunately for the group, the restaurant wasn’t exactly what they expected. There was no pizza included in the buffet which left them completely gutted!
Which I totally get – when you want pizza you want pizza!
Deciding to stick with the restaurant anyway, the group ordered some extra pizzas to the table, which cost 135,000 Vietnamese dong each, about £4 per pizza.
Asking for a ‘vegetable pizza with no cheese’ as there were a few vegans in the group, Ashley and her friends expected a normal vegetarian pizza – just without the mozzarella.
They were pretty shocked when their meal arrived.
Instead of the usual toppings like onion, pepper and mushrooms, the restaurant had clearly steamed, or boiled, some carrots, broccoli and baby-corn and just shoved it onto a pizza base.
To be honest, it doesn’t look great:
Speaking exclusively to UNILAD, Ashley explained how she burst into laughter when it was put down in front of her.
She said the restaurant’s attempt at a vegan pizza was poor but hilarious:
I burst out laughing as soon as I saw it. It looks exactly like those microwave veggie packs we have at home dumped on a pizza base with some tomato sauce. And baby-corn freaks me out, what was it doing there? It looked like minimal effort.
I had to try it though, we all did. It tasted exactly what it looked like. Steamed packet veggies with no spice or sauce on top.
We didn’t complain as this was towards the end of our trip and we’d eaten some really weird food; goat or chicken but still with eyeballs and talons staring at you.
Also, we are all really passionate about food waste so didn’t want to throw the pizza away.
Well Ashley, you’re clearly a much better person than me as I wouldn’t have been able to eat even a mouthful of it.
Despite veganism being on the rise, some restaurants clearly can’t get their head around what vegan food to offer their customers.
Over in California, Taylor Mooney was excited to eat at ‘Kathrin’s Biergarten’, a German restaurant which advertised itself as welcoming to both vegans and vegetarians.
Ordering a tasty sounding ‘vegan pretzel bun’, which according to the menu would be filled with ‘delicious veggies’, Taylor was excited for her meal to arrive.
As everyone’s food arrived at the table, Taylor had to wait longer for her meal – in total a dreadful two hours.
And it clearly wasn’t worth the wait as the ‘delicious veggies’ were actually just a ‘few green beans and two baby carrots sliced in half’ pushed into a dry bun.
Speaking exclusively to UNILAD, Taylor explained she was shocked when she saw her meal:
This new German restaurant opened and it’s really rare so we were all super excited to go, especially me because they advertised themselves as being vegan and vegetarian friendly.
I was with my whole extended family and had a private room. Someone’s food came out after a little over an hour and no one else’s came out for at least another half hour so by that time, he was already done eating so it was really bad customer service anyway.
Our server was wearing grey sweatpants and a messy bun and it was really weird.
My meal was so dry I had to drown it in mustard and sauerkraut. When I actually started eating, it was so gross. Crunchy vegetables on dry bread does not go at all – it’s such a weird texture!
I was also the only one who didn’t get a side. Everyone else had massive plates with tons of food on it and mine came out with just this and it was the saddest looking thing.
All our jaws dropped and then we started laughing at it because we were expecting so much more.
Some of the other meals people got had things like lettuce and onion on them and – I didn’t get either of those.
We feel for you Taylor!
Vegan food can be tasty and filling – some restaurants just need to be more imaginative!
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.