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#586 Seth Gordon

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Posted 14 August 2018 - 06:24 PM

This is interestingly sticky.   Would anything be served by making a point of a quiet conversation with the manager regarding your objections to the fish?   Kind of a non-accusatory statement that said fish slipped by their rigorous product inspection protocol?

It's no different than sending back a corked wine.

Only good things could come of it:

1. You get a new dish
2. The chef (at any decent place) immediately goes to the walk-in to give the ol' smell test to the rest of the product.
3. If the rest of it smells like Clorox they appreciate the fact that you tipped them off. Unless you ordered the Lutefisk, in which case that's on you. 

The waitress certainly doesn't care. All she's going to do is go tell the chef what you said.

I think people think it'll be a bigger to-do than it actually ever is. You're not dining at Kenny Shopsin's, it'll be okay. 



#587 Orik

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Posted 14 August 2018 - 06:38 PM

This is interestingly sticky.   Would anything be served by making a point of a quiet conversation with the manager regarding your objections to the fish?   Kind of a non-accusatory statement that said fish slipped by their rigorous product inspection protocol?

 

1. I'm sure they can read Mouthfuls and get the same information :)

 

2. Why is this any different than, I dunno, Wilfrid not returning his leg of rubber lamb? I know people think that with fish it's different but it's not. 

 

I appreciate, however, the advice on how to dine. I know I'm not very good at it, having only returned less than a handful of dishes in 25+ years of doing it :)


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#588 joethefoodie

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Posted 14 August 2018 - 07:06 PM

I once sent back a plate of soggy fries at Schiller's, when Dean was hosting.

 

I think he comped me fries every subsequent time I ever dined there.



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Posted 14 August 2018 - 07:13 PM

Right. Adult situations are adult situations, other situations there's no point making a fuss about.


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#590 wingding

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Posted 14 August 2018 - 08:38 PM

The turbot is so so old, and I am so nice for pretending to like it. So old.

I dont think its nice. The idiot cook who didnt notice it being off should get screamed at. Theyre trying to train up relatively green cooks. Being nice about it just increases the possibility that it happens again.
We aren’t supposed to be screaming at our employees anymore,remember ? A tough call...if I’m dining with people,and we are having a good time,ruining the mood by complaining about things after we’ve plonked down the cash and had a relatively good time,not a good move. On the other hand ,when you go out to eat with other cooks,you often rehash the meal after you've left,with a good share of criticism And delight,if all was delicious....
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#591 Wilfrid

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Posted 14 August 2018 - 10:50 PM

I have no formula. Age inures. I've sent back obviously screwed up dishes in the past. These days I'm more likely to shrug and not order dessert.

There are occasions when you don't dare give the kitchen a second chance; when the chicken is still frozen when served, for example. There may be fish dishes so horrific they fall into the same category.

#592 voyager

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Posted Yesterday, 12:19 AM

 

This is interestingly sticky.   Would anything be served by making a point of a quiet conversation with the manager regarding your objections to the fish?   Kind of a non-accusatory statement that said fish slipped by their rigorous product inspection protocol?

 

 

I appreciate, however, the advice on how to dine. I know I'm not very good at it, having only returned less than a handful of dishes in 25+ years of doing it :)

 

I could have written this sentence.


"A meal without wine is called breakfast."   Camille Fourmont


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Posted Yesterday, 03:10 AM


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#594 joethefoodie

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Posted Yesterday, 10:19 AM

Funny, that's what happened when I sent back my french fries!

 

P.S. They were pretty brilliant.