Originally Posted by CharlieD
Each restaurant has it's own sauce, it is impossible to know what they did in that particular place. Have you tried a new restaurant? Maybe they have something simular? Tell that you have allergies and need to know what is in the sauce.
I don't see any need to tell lies. I think a customer has a right to know in general terms what is in something they're purchasing. The restaurant should be willing to describe the main ingredients although expecting a complete recipe with itemized ingredients, amounts and method is unrealistic and unreasonable.
I think it's reasonable to expect to be told the main 3-4 ingredients, just because people have a right to know what they're eating. Any good restaurant should be willing to do this to keep customers satisfied.
In any restaurant I frequent I always ask a few ingredient questions before ordering food. I've always found the waiter or waitress was willing to answer my questions, or even ask the chef and return with the answer. I've sometimes kept notes and asked different questions on different visits, and eventually developed my own copycat recipes.
Restaurants are not threatened by home cooking enthusiasts. Even if you copied an item perfectly you'd still want to return to the restaurant for other good food, or when you don't feel like cooking and want it to just be served.