didn’t we all have fun with our anonymous restaurateur last
week? The article ‘Why I hate Valentine’s Day’ was our top read and our highest
number of comments, tweets, likes, dislikes which suggests to us that
there is a bit of a gap between customers and the people who cook for them.
this before – rants from both sides. From restaurateurs who are just over “bad” customers (and boy check out the comments on
this one!) and chefs who are fed up with outrageous
requests (whew... comments really hotting
up here...) to the reader reviews we get in every day. From both sides some of them are downright amusing
and right on the money and others could be classed as pure ranting. Nevertheless,
it’s clear that there are 2 sides to this story.
I eat out, I can spot someone believing that ‘Customer is King’ should be
interpreted as ‘get down on your knees and kiss my feet’ – the guy clicking his
fingers at the waiter, sending back his plate because it has a parsley garnish
and he said no veggies (yes really) or complaining that his glass of wine isn’t
full to the absolute brim (a favourite of Wine Ed, Cathy’s from her
appreciate you pay good money to eat out and in return you expect a minimum of
good food and service (I am a customer first and foremost) there does seem to
be a breed of people who rub even the
most patient of restaurateurs the wrong way.
So I want
to know – does service mean that restaurants are there to serve and should
therefore be servile and accommodate every single whim of their customers, or
does it mean that the actual function of a restaurant is literally to plate up
and carry out food? Because this seems to be the real difference and certainly
accounts for so many opposing views to our anonymous restaurateur article.
to know what you think – is the customer always right and does the money we pay
in a restaurant entitle us to have whatever we want or should customers accept
that restaurateurs and waiters are human and make mistakes like the rest of us?
And – because
we’re evil like this – we also want to know the best (worst) bad behaviour
you’ve ever come across in a restaurant situation. C’mon – we know loads of you
have been waiters and waitresses, chefs and restaurateurs or just observant
customers – what’s the absolute most shocking thing you’re ever seen a
customer/waiter/manager/owner do? There’s a R250 kalahari voucher up for the grabs for
the most outrageous story so spill the beans and make it a good one!