we live out in the burbs – this, frankly, makes my vegan, gluten-free journey a little tough sometimes. we don`t need to get into that.
date night last night. we decided to hit Brown`s before our movie (The Fighter, ooof, that was a good one). i have to be honest – i was really skeptical. i know Brown`s to be a Yaletown transplant – and my previous experiences were limited to pretty fatty appies. i couldn`t remember the menu but Mike wanted to go, we were pressed for time and i wanted to be a sport.
menu: immediate wow. you can add steamed ginger tofu to any salad. impressive. bean salad as a starter. are you kiddin me? pad thai as a main: now we’re talkin! i knew i could ask for no chicken and shrimp. yes yes, there is probably white sugar and/or ketchup in the sauce and that’s NOT vegan but it’s date night ok? and i’m not splitting hairs in this lifetime. anyway.
bean salad as a starter and pad thai as a main. this is/was too much food but i couldn’t help it. i don’t often have more than one choice and i figured i’d take the leftovers home.
i told the server, who was super sweet, that i was a vegan. she nodded and said no problem.
the bean salad arrived – and it’s good. mostly greens, marinated (and fresh) beans on the side and lots of shredded cabbage. lovely vinaigrette. sadly – crumbled cheese on the greens. i wasn’t going to get into it – – the salad is served in 3 little distinct parts – so i didn’t touch the greens. the beans and cabbage were great. if you order this: remember to specify no cheese. if you do that: this is a vegan, gluten-free home run.
pad thai, no chicken no shrimp. it arrives full of egg. shoot. this is my fault. yes, i told her i was vegan – but honestly – i should have specified no egg. all pad thai has egg. i just forgot. i couldn’t eat around it and i just can’t eat it. it kills me to waste food but i had to send it back.
a fresh one comes immediately and it’s awesome. piled high with bean sprouts, lots of peanuts, nice and spicy AND they scatter wok fried veggies around the outside. lots of bok choy. so so so good.
the server apologized for the mixup, i was apologizing for not being more clear – we were all apologizing. they staff’ed the meal!
come on guys – this is above and beyond. our server says it was their fault because i said vegan, they just screwed up. gosh. it’s just so easy to make friends in life isn’t it? just be honest and make things right when you can.
i asked our server to send the manager over. he came apologizing (i’m sure assuming i was going to yelp about it). i interrupted, i couldn’t help it – because i had asked him to come so i could sincerely thank him for all the care and attention. i complimented him on our server (who was a DOLL) and said we couldn’t wait to come back.
five out of five. no hesitation. mixup and all. these guys are just awesome.
bonus star for 2 very very good virgin mojitos.
and my paleo eating husband had an awesome halibut meal with double veg (paleo) and a generous salad. on top of that: he had a view of the game (what a shame for him 😉 )
thanks Browns Langley! we’ll be back!