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Old 06-30-2008, 09:45 PM   #1
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Send it back!

Who here is a real stickler for food quality at restaurants and sends food back often?

What is the worst thing you have sent back?

For me, it depends where I am, if I am at a nice expensive restaurant and my food comes out not as ordered I will send it back quick smart. When I say medium, I mean medium. If I am in some cheap bistro I cut them some slack. Recently we went to a new restaurant on the central coast. Being part of a rugby leagues club I wasnt expecting much. I ordered T-Bone steak Medium and ended up with dry well done. I did not send it back on this occassion as this place was obviously one rung above a club bistro and I knew I would get it back the same.

The worst thing I have sent back was a steak cooked by a very well know steak house. It just smelled bad, like washing water after a load of washing has been put through it, it didnt taste too great either. So back it went. That is the worst steak I have evry had.

Obviously this thread is inspired by the chinese chicken not chicken thread.

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Old 06-30-2008, 09:48 PM   #2
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I see your problem. Stop ordering steak!
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Old 06-30-2008, 09:49 PM   #3
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Nuff Said.
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Old 06-30-2008, 09:52 PM   #4
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I see your problem. Stop ordering steak!
Lol, I can't do that!
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Old 06-30-2008, 10:30 PM   #5
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The chicken was the first time I ever sent something back, or should I say tried to send it back Guess I got to work on my technique
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Old 06-30-2008, 10:51 PM   #6
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Sometimes I send it back, other times I just make sure they know it was not the best or done right. We eat out alot and really try not to be whiners... but definately try to let them know when something is not right.

If I mention something is not quite right and they offer to adjust the bill or fix it, that I appreciate although this is not what I am always looking for. If I mention it and that is all that is said about it, well, then your tip may suffer a bit for not listening to me!
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Old 06-30-2008, 10:58 PM   #7
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Sometimes I send it back, other times I just make sure they know it was not the best or done right. We eat out alot and really try not to be whiners... but definately try to let them know when something is not right.

If I mention something is not quite right and they offer to adjust the bill or fix it, that I appreciate although this is not what I am always looking for. If I mention it and that is all that is said about it, well, then your tip may suffer a bit for not listening to me!
Well that is a whole nother story, Tipping. I absolutley hate the madatory tipping thing in the states. Here in Aus, I tip if the meal or service is great. If I do not get good service then there is no tip. Tipping in Aus is not mandatory or expected. At least from my experience.

Very different in the US where it seems to be just expected, and even if your service is bad it just varies the tip amount. From what I understand, tipping is necessary in the US to supplememnt otherwise low wages, is this accurate?
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Old 06-30-2008, 11:30 PM   #8
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Well that is a whole nother story, Tipping. I absolutley hate the madatory tipping thing in the states. Here in Aus, I tip if the meal or service is great. If I do not get good service then there is no tip. Tipping in Aus is not mandatory or expected. At least from my experience.

Very different in the US where it seems to be just expected, and even if your service is bad it just varies the tip amount. From what I understand, tipping is necessary in the US to supplememnt otherwise low wages, is this accurate?
I'm not sure about it knight76.... I know that here in the states, that the pay is meager and most of them make their money on the tips. I have a hard time stiffing someone. (No way do I intend that is how it is done in Aus, but I think if they knew that they could stand to make a few bucks for exceptional service and care that my food is as I expect/order, I sure would make sure that my customers get only the best and be helpful if it is not the experience that they come to enjoy.) Unless it is just blantantly bad service/care/food, I don't think there was ever a time that I have not left a tip. Most of the places I go I frequent on a regular basis and voice my opinions as a service to the places I like the most. If it is a new place we are visiting and I get bad service/food, and the management/waiter is not helpful or interested in making it right.... I don't bother going back or reccommending it to others.

I guess that might be why some folks don't care, they know or expect that they will get a minimum tip reguardless of the service or food.

Hopefully that all came out right. I get great service and food, you can bet you are gonna get a better than average tip!
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Old 07-01-2008, 12:22 AM   #9
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I have no food allergies or special requirements so the only reason I'll send food back is if it's cooked badly or is inedible. The worst thing I've ever sent back was overcooked Ahi Tuna. I don't expect perfect food each and every time from the average $20/plate restaurant, I know everyone has bad days, so if I need to add extra salt I will. If the food is overcooked or undercooked or smells/tastes sour or off, it's going back regardless.
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Old 07-01-2008, 01:04 AM   #10
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Plus, I have heard comment from some serving staff at some restaurants, that all tips received go in a jar and are divided up among the serving staff. Which I think rewards the mediocre and takes money from the good people.
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