At a restaurant, I'd like to make sure that a meal doesn't have milk or cheese. What would be the right way of asking this?:

"Do you add milk or cheese to this dish?" ("meal" or "plate"?) "Does this meal have milk or cheese?"

Thank you.

  • 2
    Does [the (dish)] have milk or cheese in it? That's the idiomatic way to say it.
    – Lambie
    May 17 at 15:30
  • Or "Does it contain any milk or cheese?" May 17 at 16:26
  • @KateBunting I specifically did not use contain as that is more technical. Of course, it is correct.
    – Lambie
    May 17 at 16:52

Both of these examples are correct. However, if the goal is to avoid a lactose intolerant situation, you might achieve even better results with the term "dairy."

Example: "Does this meal have dairy in it?"

If you are trying to avoid animal products for religious or other purposes, use the term "vegan."

Example: "Is this meal vegan?"

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