Outraged vegan given plate of raw onions and tomatoes after ordering meal in Costa del Sol

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A British holidaymaker was left astounded when she was given a plate of raw onions and tomatoes after ordering a vegan meal.

Georgina Jarvis, 19, was on holiday with her family in Spain’s Costa del Sol when she was left less than impressed by her dinner.

The vegan diner, from Leeds, had gone to a restaurant and ordered one of the so-called vegan pizzas when the chef realised the recipe contained egg.

In a bid not to disappoint Ms Jarvis, the chef instead whipped up a substitute vegan meal.

But when it arrived at the table, the dish turned out to be a simple mix of chopped salad tomatoes with red onion scattered on top.

Ms Jarvis’ sister, 17-year-old Gabbie, shared two pictures online showing her sister’s unimpressed face and a close up of the simple dish.

“Out for tea and the restaurant claimed they catered for vegans, this was my sister’s amazing vegan meal,” Gabbie Jarvis posted on Twitter.


The family found more tasty vegan meals elsewhere in the Costa del Sol region. (@gabbiejarvis Instagram)

She later told the Standard: “When the plate was placed down on the table Georgina and I just looked at each other and we knew what one another were thinking. 

“Me and Georgina shared awkward eye contact and I couldn’t help but laugh and took out my phone to photograph the moment. 

“Georgina is used to eating raw vegetables and she was hungry so she ate it all but asked for a bread roll to accompany it.”

Gabbie added: “She was appreciative that the restaurant catered for her but was disappointed that they did claim to cater for vegans and that was the dish, raw veg.”

​Georgina, who has been a vegan for three years, “usually has a good selection of foods to choose when out in restaurants in the UK”, her sister said.

The family were staying in Fuengirola near Malaga and said they were told on the door that the restaurant catered for vegans.

She said the dish cost around €7 – around £6.30.

More than 16,000 people retweeted the woman’s pictures and it sparked several other diners with food-specific requests to come forward telling of nightmare meals they had endured.

Lesley Morton recounted being unimpressed with the so-called “large caprese salad” costing £15 in St Andrews, while Jo-Anne Hamilton said: “I was once given an entire packet of those ‘plastic cheese’ squares and some bread.”

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