My husband, mother, mother-in-law, father-in-law, two daughters and I were going out to dinner for my husband’s birthday. We decided to head to a favorite higher-end local restaurant that recently changed owners. Everyone was very excited.
So, we got there (it is only about fifteen minutes from our house) and all was well. The host was fairly pleasant and the decor exquisite. He seated us in a booth near the back, which I didn’t mind. Our waitress quickly came over and we ordered our drinks, which were served promptly. After looking over the menu for a few moments, we were ready to order. A few of us ordered steak while the rest opted for other choices.
One of my daughters is very picky about what she eats while the other would eat the table if she could. My picky daughter really wanted steak without sides or any sort of sauce. Just plain steak. Seeing as the price of the dish was $36, I figured that the restaurant would charge me about $12-$15 for a plain, child-sized portion of steak. (This restaurant had no children’s menu.) We asked the waitress about this and she said that she “would check on it.”
Within a few minutes, our waitress came back with bad news, they could do us a “favor” and take only $6 off the original price. By the way, this was not even filet mignon or a similar cut of meat. Appalled, I whispered to the waitress that that was ridiculous and we could figure it out on our own. She called the manager over. Since it was my husband’s birthday, I didn’t want to create a ruckus and told him that everything was fine.
My daughter who eats everything and didn’t really want steak that night became a trooper and agreed to split a steak with her sister. Thank gosh! The whole ambiance was ruined because of my first impression. We may or may not be going back.