I was vegetarian for quite a number of years and in fact a vegetarian or even vegan meal is something I still thoroughly enjoy from time to time, I have also found that with my stomach/digestion issues and my gluten allergy that when I do experience a flare up that a veggie meal is usually a good call to make until my flare up settles down so although I did find that having a completely vegetarian diet was not the best thing for me long term I do like to have a few vegan/veggie options on hand at home and at times if I am eating out I will opt for the veggie option.
Taking this into account I was so incredibly excited when I received the news that Spur was bringing in a veggie/vegan menu!
Patrons of Spur Steak Ranches restaurants can now enjoy vegetarian and vegan friendly food at their favourite local eatery, following the introduction of a new plant-based menu at the restaurants across Spur in South Africa.
The official vegetarian and plant-based menu offers the option of vegan cheese and includes the following meals: Veggie Schnitzel, Crumbed Veggie Burger, Bean Burger and Soya Burger, all served with Spur-style crispy onion rings and chips or baked potato or sweet potato fries. The restaurant will also be adding the innovative, plant-based protein burger, Beyond Burger, to the menu from 22 November 2019. Beyond Burger will be supplied by Infinite Foods – distributors and manufacturers of the best-in-class plant-based food brands.
The Nachos Mexicana (nachos smothered in zippy salsa, sticky cheese, chunky cottage cheese and guacamole) and the large cheesy quesadillas will stay as starter options for everyone, including vegetarians, who also have the option of a Greek Salad and or fresh hot vegetables.
“Spur Steak Ranches is a on a journey of transformation as a brand and business. The introduction of the plant-based menu is one of the progressive steps we are taking towards a more sustainable brand and business, while giving our customers greater choice, “explains Robertson.
“A major part of our success as a business is rooted in our steak house heritage but inclusivity is still important to us, so while our based meals are prepared in a kitchen that handles animal products, we urge our customers to walk the journey with us as we evolve as a brand. We value the feedback of each and every single patron; and we’d like to continue to bring them together over great food as they create unforgettable memories.”
Personally I know the struggle that comes with having a specialized diet whether by choice or because you are forced to all you want is to enjoy a meal without feeling like you are an inconvenience or that there are no options for you on the menu so I think it is great that a restaurant that has basically built its history and reputation on that of a steak house has seen the need to cater to people who would prefer another option or cannot eat meat for some or other dietary/health reason.
I think that moves likes these will eventually pave the way to a point where ''specialized" menus will be common place and not something that is few and far between and that will open doors for so many people, maybe one day it will become common place to walk into a store and find entire vegan/ veggie, gluten free/ dairy free etc isles instead of it being a find in a million at great expense type of experience and I think moves like this only show retailers that there is a demand and need and that it should be something that is catered for as a norm and not a luxury or nice to have.