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Re: Cost of dining out

Do they still expect a tip after paying those high prices?
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07-06-2021, 03:27 PM
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Re: Cost of dining out

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Having been a chef and experienced the arty farty presentation of the menu, I would prefer a solid plate of well cooked food.

However, there are and ever will be, those completely snobbish arseholes who don't know a Steak Dianne from a Coronation Chicken, who 'oooh' and 'aahh' at the arty farty side of the business.

Let them pay £75 per head for presentation. More money than sense.
Spot on. It never fails to amaze me how incredibly stupid some people are.

Rather like certain kinds of so-called art, and the so-called art critics. When a few "art critics" write articles which swoon over an artist who makes paintings that you can not identify what the heck it is, or in the case of "the invisible statue", I can not help but think a certain percentage of the population is totally wacko.

Same with "arty" foods. Tiny bits of food and perhaps a flower, which would not fill-up a 4 year-old child.
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07-06-2021, 05:21 PM
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Re: Cost of dining out

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Do they still expect a tip after paying those high prices?
Of course - their wages are kept low on that expectation.
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Re: Cost of dining out

FWIW for a decent-ish pub lunch we expect to pay iro £25 each plus drinks and tip of about 10% on top. For a nice evening meal in a half decent restaurant - iro £50 each minimum plus tip. Wine? £30 - £50 for a bottle of NOT plonk.
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07-06-2021, 05:56 PM
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Re: Cost of dining out

You donít mind paying if the meal is nice. What l find is, you start going to these places and the food is lovely and then suddenly, it goes off!
You dare not complain and send your meal back in case they spit on it, or add diahorrea (sp!) powder on it!

I canít bear those pretty, artistic meals that donít fill you. I prefer good, hearty tasty food thatís hot and is served on hot plates!!
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07-06-2021, 06:05 PM
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Re: Cost of dining out

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Yes you can but that's only my humble opinion having eaten real Chinese food in real Chinese restaurants in Malaysia.

Know what you mean. When Sue and I went to China the food is totally different, over here it has been "westernised".
Even having breakfast in the hotel in Bejing it was a guessing game what the food was.

One thing I did notice was a guy walking past in the corridor outside where we were eating, he did this 3/4 times which made me suspicious , no doubt checking for security reasons?
the Emporers palace in Bejing were we sat done for a huge meal



also stopped of in this street for a restaurant meal
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07-06-2021, 07:08 PM
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Re: Cost of dining out

We have no interest in eating out proper in this country ... food & service is second rate, and certainly not cheap. We save ourselves for holidays abroad. Having said that, we do - virus permitting - know of some good lunchtime canteen type places. These tend to be pasta or oriental. We do like Sushi, and there are more places offering a seat nowadays inc. our local waitrose.
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Re: Cost of dining out

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Yes I have noticed prices have gone up but where I go is still affordable and very nice food. £12.95 for a chicken and bacon salad which was lovely.

Like others have said here its down to trying to recoup their losses.

I might pay up to £20 but I wouldn't eat out regularly, . I dont mind a nice jacket with chilli or poached egg on toast from a cafe, im not bothered about posh.
I went to an Italian a couple of weeks ago and it came out of them stupid slate things. I wasn't impressed, it was too expensive although I have to say the staff were wonderful.

£75 and I wouldnt even contemplate it.
Donít start me on bits of slate! Only ate off one once and it set my teeth on edge. Never again, I always ask now whether food is served on a plate.

My other pet hate is eating off a wooden board.

Why do places come up with these daft ideas?
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Re: Cost of dining out

Originally Posted by Artangel ->
You donít mind paying if the meal is nice. What l find is, you start going to these places and the food is lovely and then suddenly, it goes off!
You dare not complain and send your meal back in case they spit on it, or add diahorrea (sp!) powder on it!

I canít bear those pretty, artistic meals that donít fill you. I prefer good, hearty tasty food thatís hot and is served on hot plates!!

Years and years ago my late Dad worked at a hotel and he used to say that the Italian waiters used to be all over diners on their first night. If they didnít leave a tip they would spit in their soup and stir it every evening after that and serve it with a smile.
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That's disturbing.....
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