Is it just me that is getting annoyed more often when I go out to dinner?
When I go to a restaurant and every table is full but no one is waiting, I expect to have prompt, efficient service. I would expect that it would take less than 45 minutes from the time I order to the time I get my food. I would expect to get my water glass refilled without having to practically trip the server to get their attention.
When I pay $10.00 for a glass of red wine, I don’t expect it to show up as a white wine in a half-filled water glass. When I pay $42.00 for a bottle of wine, I don’t expect it to come with two regular tumblers.
When I order a green salad, and it comes with three slices of desiccated pear that has no real flavor, I should know to pay and leave.
When I sit and watch as a nearby table of six is served five entrees, and then all have to wait almost fifteen minutes for the final dish, I should know to cancel my order and leave.
When i am keeping an eye on the flow of food from the kitchen, I would expect the restaurant to get all the plates for my table on the service counter at about the same time. I wouldn’t expect to have one dish sit for 8 minutes, while waiting for the others, before being brought cold to my table.
When I order a pork chop, and the server asks how I want it cooked, I expect it to be somewhere in the general ballpark, and that I wouldn’t get something that is so dry my fork (literally) bends when I push it into the meat. I would also expect it to have more than a tablespoon of sauce, so I can at least get something on each bite to help moisten the shoe leather I’ve just been served. I wouldn’t expect it to be presented with a side that is almost as dry as the pork chop.
When I order a meat dish on mashed potatoes in a marsala sauce, I wouldn’t expect the potatoes to be room temperature, and I would expect to be able to find some Marsala flavor somewhere in the dish.
When I order a dish with succotash, I wouldn’t expect the succotash to be a completely one-dimensional sauce with no real redeeming value. Furthermore, I wouldn’t expect accompanying gnocchi to have the taste and texture of a simply cut piece of potato.
I won’t even go into the scallops.
I would not expect to pay an average price of $18.00 for each dish, all fairly small portions.
Fortunately, I was not stupid enough to order dessert. Unfortunately, to do a fair review, I need to go back two more times… but then perhaps I’m just being unreasonable.
Full review coming up, and no… I won’t say where this happened. Not yet anyway.