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Most vegetarians will have a horror story of a meal out that resulted in ordering off the sides menu due to a lack of vegetarian or vegan options. Vegetarian and vegan diets have grown in popularity over the past decade, and now 1 in 10 New Zealanders are vegetarians or vegans. Eating out should be an enjoyable experience for all, cater to meat eaters and vegetarians alike with these tips.

Check the menu
It may seem obvious, but one of the best things you can do when eating with vegetarians is to pre-check the menu. Look for a range of dishes from salads to mains that are either vegetarian or can easily be adapted. If unsure, get in touch with the restaurant, they will be able to walk you through your options. It takes a little extra effort, but guarantees to earn you (vegan) brownie points with any vegetarians on the table.

Head Online
There are so many wonderful places to eat in Auckland, and finding the perfect one for your function can seem like finding a needle in a haystack. Lucky for you, the internet can do all the hard work for you. Sites such as HappyCow or Yelp have vegan and vegetarian listings in most cities. With a range of filters for dietary requirements, price points and locations, you can rest assured that your outing will be a good one.

Multi-Restaurant Options
One of the greatest options for groups with varying dietary needs are multi-restaurant options. Elliott Stables, for example, brings together numerous restaurants and cuisines. With the flexibility to order anything from BBQ ribs to veggie stir fry, you are free to find the dish that gets you excited, all while sharing the dining experience.

Keep an eye on the cuisine
Cuisines around the world are well renowned for their delicious meat and vegetarian dishes. European style restaurants tend to place a greater weight on meats, so try Asian restaurants. Japanese, Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese replace meat with other protein-rich foods such as tofu or seasonal vegetables. Alternatively, Italian, Greek and Middle Eastern foods offer meatless dishes that can satisfy even the staunchest meat eaters. Consider trying one of these vegan-friendly cuisines next time you go out to eat.

Whatever the occasion, a great eatery will leave both meat eaters and vegetarians satisfied. Use these tips on your next date night, work function or celebration for a stress-free dinner.