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Vega, New York

Reviewed yesterday


Great mains, pity about the chips

Came for lunch with my sister. We loved our Thai-style mains which were amazing with lots of flavour, very impressive for a vegetarian restaurant.

But the service was below average and the chips were too terrible to finish.

When we arrived at 1.40, we had to wait 20 minutes while they got our table ready. OK, so we didn't have a reservation, but the restaurant was only half full. There was no reason to make us wait at all.

We ordered the chips as a side dish and they looked delicious. But, when we tasted them, they were overcooked and swimming in oil so we left most of them. We expected a lot more for $10!

When the waiter asked if everything was ok, we said we really didn't like the chips and he said 'That's funny, I love them' and that was it. He didn't offer us anything else or take them off our bill. Also, when we didn't leave a tip, he looked annoyed.

I was really excited about visiting Vega, and the mains were just fantastic, but the rest of the experience was really disappointing.


  1. Use an informal or semi-formal style.
  2. In the title, give the main idea or opinion.
  3. Write about the important parts of the experience, not every detail.
  4. Organise your ideas into paragraphs.
  5. Write about the good and the bad.



Language level

Intermediate: B1


Nice atmosphere , delicious dishes

Yesterday , me and my colleques decided to visit the Restayrant "Avyssinia" in the centre of Athens.
On the upper floor we had a wonderful view of Acropole. Our friends from Switzerland were very excited .
We ordered a variety of meditteranian dishes and they all were fantastic.
The house wine was average but not bud at all.
The service was really good and we left a generous tip.
I really am looking forward to visit tha place again.

I didn't expected

My boyfriend and I like to try news restaurants, foods, drinks etc. In the order hand we have our prefer sites to go.

Its name is "Fooster's hollywood". It is a chain of restaurants and there are some in my region. There is one near our village. We go there early to dinner because all is quick: to make the order, the food comes quickly,etc obviously.

Well, the last time we went was disappointing. First of all, the waiter who assists the clients it is the same who take the orders. So, we make the order. And the pass of time, we see that the others clients (who came later than us) have their dishes. So, I talk with the waiter and quickly he brings our dishes, but not like we wanted, I mean, the meat wasn't cooked like we had ordered. He brings all dishes at the same time, but we asked the start an order for the dishes. We complained, and it iwas the first time that I did something like this!

At the end, for our surprise, in the bill they made a discount....

Yes ofcourse , it was the worest , when me and my friend went to chilis to had a dinner at friday night , we both ordered a fried chicken with red sauce and drinks , chic ken was overcooked , very spicy , the waiter was so late untile he got us the order , i liked the drink but the mains was so bad also the service , we paid by credit card so no tips and the waiter seemed to be annoyed ..

I like eating out. Tasting different dishes and enjoy the meal without the hassle of cooking and cleaning. My latest restaurant experience was moderate though. I went to the lokal breakfast and lunch restaurant with my friend. It is a nice but small place. The waitress led us to a pleasant table and served with a nice smile on her face. We ordered an omlette and a sandwich, both were good. And served in a short time. Price was sensible, thankfully tip was included as well. Sometimes I find it hard to decide how much it should be. The only negative part of our lunch was the restaurant being so crowded and noisy we couldn't hear each other and discuss about the topic which was the reason of our lunch meeting. I think the management can use some soft background music which could motivate people to speak less loud. And maybe some sound absorbing decorative objects.

I didn't go in restaurants, not often, but sometimes the wait is very too long and the waiters can't even give us some bread or something to help with waiting because it'll be on our bill. In France, it's rare to let tip for the waiters, or sometimes it's 2 or 5 euros, not more. I'm aware that is some countries, the tip is about 10% of the bill, sometimes more.

I had meals differents that I expected. In some cases some expensive or with poor flavors. In general the restaurants are good places but in some cases needs to adjust the model of operation. It not only refer to the food but all the experience like the table accommodation, the prices, the hole experience and the service. Finally if the food is the best you come back always.


I liked the exercise & it seems very easy.

Yes, in my last work break I did not have a great dinner experience. Despite the reservation we sat down after 30 minutes. There was an excessive confusion between staff and customers. But after all we ate well. The waiter was wrong to bring the wine, but he solved the problem. the bill was cheap.

It was in 2015 when I had just moved into Bandung. I needed to find a suitable and quiet place to start working on my deadline. unaware of Bandung's heavy traffic jammed, I got lost between Cihampelas Street and found myself starving that I hadn't eaten anything before left the house. So this is a unique cafe called "Tous Les Jours" interested to me. I was quite impressed with the design and how fast their waitress worked were. It only took about 1 minute to get my order served.

The dishes they offered were delicious. Although I didn't sure where those come from but from the looks it maybe had "Arabian Sauce" on it. I eat rapidly for I must get back to the office before noon. I was about paying my bill when a waitress told me that I actually "the hundredth" customers of their cafe so, I got released to pay any bills. Wow. That was insane and I couldn't help myself but smiling all day back in the office.

Yesterday, I have discover a new restaurant in Toulouse ( L'Alouette); all was very good; service, menu, decoration and wine. I highly recommend it