I want to start by saying that the last thing I want to do is give a bad review to an establishment that is promoting a vegan product. However, it is my belief that Salt, based in Javea, served me non-vegan cheese in the vegan afternoon tea I requested. Not only am I vegan but I am also lactose intolerant and I had a reaction after eating the food, leading me to believe that the cheese may, in fact, have contained dairy. I tried to communicate with the restaurant about getting the name of the cheese (because I suspected that it wasn't vegan to begin with but was assured that it was) and after many different stories about how the cheese was sourced I remain unconvinced that it was actually vegan. The chef was unable to provide a photo of the cheese’s original packaging and instead showed me a Google image of a well-known brand of vegan cheese which I know to be very different to the one Salt had served me, having tried this one before. It therefore seemed likely that a mistake had been made.
The rest of the food was delicious, and the price very reasonable for what was offered. If I could be certain that none of the items contained any animal products I’d be eager to return. However, given the struggle that I have had in receiving consistent answers or any sort of proof of ingredients from the restaurant, I feel that eating there is something of a gamble. For customers with special dietary requirements due to allergies or medical conditions this could be something to carefully consider.
I have recommended some brands of vegan cheese to Salt, as well as various other ideas for vegan afternoon tea items, and if in the future they change their menu and can offer assurances as to its suitability I would gladly return.
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