I ordered an item that was supposed to be vegan. I specifically said I wanted no meat whatsoever, just to be on the safe side. (Because we had some recent unpleasantness up in Seattle where we accidentally got fish sauce in what was supposed to have been vegan Thai food. But in that case, at least they were really nice about it.)
When the meal came, I took a huge bite.. and tasted fish.
All right, now being served fish twice in one month at a Thai restaurant was kind of aggravating. But, you know, sometimes people make mistakes. (Yeh, Cicada, like those cheese chips.) So I wasn't out for blood, I just wanted to let them know that this ain't cool. I went over to where the cook, hostess, and waiter were sitting down, and asked whether there was oyster sauce in my dish. She said yes, and then indicated that there was no problem with it. I reminded her that I had asked if it was vegan, and was told that it was, and that I had asked again, no meat at all, right? She started to tell me that I didn't say "totally vegetarian." All of them "explained," with varying degrees of annoyance, that there are "many types of vegetarian" and that I did not specify which type I am. I said, um, I'm the kind who DOESN'T EAT MEAT. You know, that stuff I specifically asked you to leave out? I then pointed to the menu, where ingredients are spelled out, and some things on the menu show that they have oyster sauce.
But...not the item I ordered.
I asked them to either stop using fish sauce on "vegetarian" items, and to indicate on the menu when something has fish. They were very snotty about it, refusing to acknowledge anything wrong with serving fish to vegans.
Then, if you can believe it, they actually expected me to PAY for the privilege of being force fed little, dead, oysters. Needless to say, I did NOT.
If you care whether meatless meals are actually meatless, stay away from this place. Grrr.
PS YES FISH ARE ANIMALS TOO, AND THEIR FLESH IS STILL MEAT. No, real vegetarians DO NOT EAT CHICKEN OR FISH.