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Mother's Day Brunch at the Ritz

Glutty Vegan By Glutty Vegan Published on May 9, 2016

If you're like me, then you're always a little wary of going out to eat - always wonder, are they going to have something for me? It's particularly tricky for something with a set menu, like a plane, a wedding, or *gasp* a Mother's Day brunch.

It's my first time going to the Mother's Day Brunch at the Ritz while being vegan. I've gone a few times before, but last time I went I was pescatarian and still eating seafood gave me plenty of options - as this brunch is known to be full of oysters, lobster, seafood salads and the like.

As a vegan, my options there were somewhat limited. I could choose from:

  • Hummus
  • Baba Ghanouj
  • Quinoa Salad
  • Kale Salad
  • Spinach Salad with Strawberries
  • Bread (butter only sadly, no margarine)
  • Mixed Vegetables
  • Fruit
I took a little bit of everything, so I could get a good sample.
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Vegan Plate at the Ritz Mother's Day Brunch

My opinion at the end of the brunch was that it was a real mixed batch for vegans. The mixed vegetables (I didn't even take a picture of these) looked like something you could have gotten out of a freezer at a grocery store and sadly tasted just as bad. The fruits were supplied as an accompaniment for a (non-vegan) set of pancakes, so I was able to dribble some maple syrup on them and make them into a dessert but still once again nothing I couldn't have bought at a store.

The Kale salad was horrid. I couldn't even eat it, something about the dressing was revolting. I eat kale salad on a daily basis, so I was expecting to love this - my disappointment was astounding.

The Quinoa salad was pleasantly appetizing. Also I enjoyed the Baba Ghanouj and bread. The hummus was a bit bland for my taste.

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The worst part of the experience at the Ritz this year was that they had the whole thing configured in such a bizarre way. Our table was next to one of the main food tables, and rather than having you order things that were made to order from your own table, they had people stand in line for made-to-order items like omelette. This meant loooong wait times and everyone who was waiting was hovering in front of our table (preventing us from being able to sit down).

It would make way more sense for me to let people gather ready to eat things like salads and so on from prepared tables, then order the made-to-order stuff from the table where you can sit and relax and enjoy spending the time with family.

The saving grace was the staff. Everyone working there was great, very pleasant and accommodating.

So overall, I'd say I was rather disappointed with the experience at the Ritz this year. We gave them our feedback so hopefully the experience will be better next year!

I am a vegan, a kickboxer, and a writer.

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