A pub has been ridiculed for offering a two-for-one vegan cauliflower ‘steak’ deal for £28.
Jamie Klingler, the creator of the London Seafood Festival, posted on Twitter after seeing the deal advertised on a chalk board outside The Queen’s – which is part of the Young’s pub chain – in Primrose Hill.
£28 for two pieces of Cauliflower. That’s mental. Like properly mental. pic.twitter.com/Vzd33n4EE8
— Jamie Klingler (@jamieklingler) January 12, 2019
The vegan roasted cauliflower steaks are offered as an alternative to the pair of Aberdeen Angus sirloin steaks, and many of Jamie’s followers seemed to agree it was ‘mental’.
Holy shit. I’m a veggie but would order the steak just to get some value. Extra chips would be required though.
— The Nights Are Fair Drawing Oot (@dgtwatter) January 12, 2019
I have no problem with a cauliflower steak at all. I like Cauliflower. But a substitute for Steak doesn’t mean it should cost the same. I don’t expect to pay £5 for a chilled pint of water with a slice of lemon instead of an ice cold Pint of Moretti !
— Richard Perry (@PerryRSM) January 12, 2019
Hahahha imagine paying 28 notes for a bit of arl cauliflower, costs about 60p in the aldi
— Curlsoflove (@curlsoflove) January 13, 2019
Them drawing the line between charging the same price for a prime cut of meat and a slice of a 50p vegetable pic.twitter.com/cRE2aEJCdX
— Rosie Percy (@rosiepercy) January 12, 2019
I assume that’s for cauli fillet. Do they have a cheaper option, sirloin, ribeye or my favourite, cauli rump? Do they trim the leaves and ensure they get the less leafy ones? Do they have supplement for kobe cauli?
— OstendGudgeon (@OstendGudgeon) January 12, 2019
I was looking for the joke then realised it was the price
— symmetrical (@jayckb) January 12, 2019
While there was a lot of outcry about the cauliflower, someone defended the restaurant, suggesting the £28 would include a cover charge.
Why should they get a low cost cover?
Being vegetarian doesn’t lower the overheads of the venue.
If they can charge £x for a cover in their establishement then veggies need to pay it.
Can get two steaks for €8 at my supermarket- not the price a restaurant charges me.
— Kat Arnsby (@TheBaffer) January 12, 2019
Another user pointed out that, in contrast to the cauliflower, the steak deal seemed fairly reasonable.
On the other hand pretty good value for the Angus 😂
— Stuart Brown (@StuartBrown__) January 13, 2019
For anyone whose interest has been piqued, the £28 steak deal is available across all Young’s pubs, according to the company’s website.
However, while the site makes reference to the Aberdeen Angus sirloin steaks, there is no sign of the alternative cauliflower steak deal.
While this particular meat-free menu option has been met with a somewhat stoney reception, veganism is big news in the UK. Some 3.5 million people, or seven per cent of the population, are said to eat a vegan diet.
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