a friend of mine works in a high-end print shop and often his customers will pay the company in barter, with gift certificates and free products. one year around xmas time my friend got $400 in gift certificates for a very expensive and trendy restaurant and invited my husband and i out with him there. we were a little worried because the menu we looked at ahead of time was meat and seafood based, all gourmet, but went anyway if only to enjoy some salad and a lot of free drinks.
when we arrived we told the waiter about our dietary restrictions and he went and spoke to the cook. this place was fancy! the appetizers were $20 a plate! so we were hoping to hear that the chef would accept the challenge of creating a vegan meal for us, and he did!
we ended up with some beautiful grilled veggies bruschetta as our appetizers, a lovely endive, cabbage and walnut salad with raspberry dressing, steamed lemony potatoes and a gorgeous, rich, porcini mushroom phyllo dough pastry with a light red wine gravy on the side. for dessert her served us huge bowls of raspberry, orange and lime sorbet with mint.
it was truly the greatest vegan dining experience i've ever had. we literally had to slap the hands of our omni friends who were drooling over what we'd been served, instead of their own fancy fish or steaks.
all restaurants should be that accomodating.