Ever the prepared traveler, I had a note prepared that explains my dietary preferences:
I am a vegetarian. I do not eat any kind of meat - beef, chicken, lamb, fish - nor do I eat eggs, milk, cheese, or yogurt. Could you bring me a vegetarian meal? And please use oil sparingly.
A salad with the dressing on the side.
A vegetarian eggplant dish like Imam Bayildi.