A restaurant review

A restaurant review

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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.


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  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.

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Submitted by Amily on Tue, 13/08/2019 - 10:36

I never had a terrible meal in a restaurant so far.

Submitted by matinmoghaddam on Wed, 17/07/2019 - 07:48

We spent our weekend in a little lovely cafe in west of Tehran, which name is Yeke Tehroon. It means The No.1 of Tehran. The Environment and Design was so Modern and They also had a place to have your food outside. You could smoke on that place too. We ordered 2 kinds of sandwiches and a smoky burger for main course and a Special kind of French fries for starter. It took about 20 minutes to bring Starter that is too long for a single French fries. But that was Delicious though. It was Cooked well with appropriate spices and bacon on it. But Our sandwiches was not as we expected. the Burger meat was not marinated well, so it tasted a little strange and wasn't what we were waiting for. but the sandwiches which name were Bologna Sandwich were good enough. We enjoyed it but they shouldn't expect us to try that on more time. but if you are interested in having your meal in sidewalk and in lovely cafe you can try it. Otherwise there are too many better choice around you.

Submitted by amricolita on Wed, 05/06/2019 - 16:39

Two days ago I visited Three Tun Tavern in co. Dublin, Ireland. First time I made an order using special app. you need to point a number of you table and make an order. You can pay using app too. I ordered chicken baguette with salad and tea (it's free and free refiles). Service was enough quickly. Chicken baguette was tasty and salad was fresh. I'd like to visit this place again.

Submitted by Ol4ik on Fri, 31/05/2019 - 12:43

So interesting stories about difference restaurants! I have one, too. One day my husband and I went to the new restaurant, that has just opened near my work. We ordered stakes and dessert made of chocolate. Stakes were fantastic, but, unfortunately, I found a peace of glass or may be plastic in my dessert. I was shocked and ask to a water explain how it could happened. He brought for me a new plate with dessert and assure me that it was a peace of plastic container, when had been kept dessert. So they didn't take it off the bill.

Submitted by taylanke on Thu, 23/05/2019 - 11:32

I have been leaving in London for two months, Our first week we meet some friends here, they know here so they suggest us to go Franco Manca for pizza eating. I and my partner, we really like pizza i mean not pizza which is served in Franco Manca :D they service is okey especially the waitress looks friendly but their pizza ingredients is very poor :( you ordered mozzarella pizza they brink you bread which is painting with mozzarellas :D

Submitted by smell08 on Thu, 16/05/2019 - 09:59

xxxx restaurant ★★☆☆☆ Reasonable mains, tasteless about drink and service. I went for lunch with my room mates at the restaurant. When we pass by, a staff have promoted the restaurant. So We decided to go there. At that time, there were promotion e.g we can buy set menus that include one main and one drink at reasonable price. I ordered Set B. When the menu comes out, drink was weired. It's like pure water or juice include fruit syrup. It was tasteless. I regret to order set B. But main dish is so delicious and big portion. After leaving, we requested bills. By the way, although 20mins passed, the staff didn't come. As time went by, it's getting annoying. We give up wating and went to counter. They didn't apologise and say anything. That's all. I have to spend my lunch time to free time when only few people were there!.
xxxx restaurant ★★☆☆☆ Reasonable price, tasteless drink and poor service. I went for lunch with my roommates at this restaurant. A staff was promoting the restaurant when we passed by . So we decided to go there. The promoter mentioned that we could buy set menus that included one main course and one drink at a reasonable price. I ordered Set B. When the meals arrived, the first thing I noticed was that the drink tasted weird. It was supposed to taste like red bean but I only tasted plain water. I regretted ordering set B. But the main dish was so delicious and in a big portion. Before leaving, we wanted to request for our bill. However, after 20 minutes of waiting, the staff still did not show up. It was annoying. We gave up waiting and simply went to the counter instead. They did not apologise at all or even said anything. I think we wasted a lot of time during this lunch!
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Submitted by eleni kouloutzou on Thu, 18/04/2019 - 17:48

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.

Submitted by Núria VC on Tue, 09/04/2019 - 16:05

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....