An update on the Weird Fish menu: Weird Fish responds »
This was posted on the Bay Area Vegetarians Yahoo group:
As many of you may know, Weird Fish in San Francisco used to have amazing vegan treats on their menu. Some local vegan favorites were the buffalo girls, hell fish tacos and seitan fish and chips. Their vegan brunch was also great. They have recently updated their menu and removed all the dishes that many of us loved so much. I updated my review on Yelp to reflect my dissatisfaction (as many others seem to have done) and I got a response from Timothy, the owner. Yes, I may have been pretty upset when I wrote my review, but I stand by it.
"Please allow me as a person to expand my palate. I am not the same person I was three years ago. Also, I am not vegan nor vegetarian. Now I am a farmer, a father and now since I have taken over Weird Fish from my partner, dedicated and truthful about being a sustainable restaurant. I have served the same menu for 3 YEARS! I am bored with it and want to bring a new feeling into the restaurant. We have 25% of our new menu dedicated to Vegans. Chef and I agreed that the vegan options we had were horrible. "
Personally, I don’t find their new vegan options (all starters, sides or salads) appealing. There are other restaurants in SF that already cater to those needs. Gracias Madre serves amazing vegan tacos. There are countless Thai restaurants that offer salted mango dishes and coconut soups. Most of the vegans who loved Weird Fish loved it for the buffalo girls, hell fish tacos and seitan fish and chips. I can’t believe that he could call those items horrible. It’s beyond my comprehension. I know many omnivores who would go to Weird Fish just for the buffalo girls and seitan fish and chips.
I think it’s important to let Weird Fish know how great those items were (as I have done in my response to Timothy—he has chosen not to engage further) and the fact that many people (vegans, vegetarians and omnivores alike) went to Weird Fish because of those items. Maybe if they hear from enough people they will realize how amazing those dishes were and bring them back. They don’t have an email address, but they do have a Facebook page and they certainly read their Yelp reviews.