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 Easter on Thu, 05/11/2020 - 22:06

I also had this bad experience too in the last year, I was travelling with my families oversea, and we went to one restaurant in Spain, that's so awful, there was a half of waiter in front of the main, and no one came to ask us, we waited for 30 minutes at least, they were in racism discrimination, I was so annoyed about.
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Submitted by danisep on Fri, 16/10/2020 - 19:15

Yes, I had a bad experience in a restaurant but not for servise or bad meal, rather for my sister's husband who came drunk to the restaurant and after everybody ate he decided to pay the bill, tip was included inside, it was a special restaurant with expensive bill, tip was about 10% of the cost, but you can decided what amount to pay more or less, he was confused and start to make stupid questions he couldn’t understand. so I did embarrass about his misbehave and I just avoided for the rest of the night.

Submitted by Sulagna Das on Thu, 15/10/2020 - 20:09

I went to a restaurant with my daughter last year which was designed on a comic character, Though the decoration of the restaurant was impressive, service was poor. Half of the dishes in the mains were not available and moresoever the manager informed that one of their oven is not working, so whatever food we are going to order is going to take more time to prepare than it takes usually. Also, the food didn't turn out to be very good. Overall, not a good experience.

Submitted by Ugulhan on Wed, 30/09/2020 - 15:46

I think such this does not happen at me until now. I would say also some restaurants do not have a good service. They show a high prices of menu but the quality of dish is not excellent. If the consumer will ask the waiter for taking off the half price, they can be rude to the consumer. I see this in many cases.

Submitted by YaMaCa on Sat, 26/09/2020 - 10:44

I used to travel a lot with my family before the pandemic. I have both positive and negative experiences in restaurants. Spaghetti in lemon and butter in Factory Pasta. Together with my best friend, we try out the Restaurant ” Factory Pasta”. According to the name of the place, I solicited the Spaghetti in lemon and butter, my friend ordered one Margarita Pizza. We didn't take a side order. Both mails arrived on time, the waitress was so friendly and we have a very good view of the lake, despite we didn't make a reservation. Taking about the dishes, well, my pasta oiled and my friend mail was no so special. She ate all, meanwhile, I ate just the top of the past in order to avoid the bottom that was full of oil. We solicited the bill without including a tip. In general, the service was good but definitely, I won't come back to this restaurant.
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Submitted by shelly on Tue, 08/09/2020 - 07:52

Food Review I think everyone had that sort of experience. I would like to share my story of taking food at a small canteen. My co-workers and I sometimes have night snacks at this small canteen and we love ramen noodles with lots of beef cubes. While the service was below average and only 5 tables they had in the room. I ate quite more at that time as I was pregnant. One middle afternoon I went to this canteen for some snacks. It was not dinner time no people were there, still I had to wait for about 20 minutes. I ordered one bowl of ramen noodles and it looked good, but when I was to taste it, I found two flies, oh, it was terrible. When the waiter asked if everything is fine, I said "please look at these noodles, what could you see?" She apologized and agreed to cook another one for me. That was really funny, when the second bowl came to my table, once again I found 2 flies staying in the noodles. I was so angry and left without paying to her. Few days later I heard from my co-workers that the boss had changed since one month ago. Then I understood and also believed that this canteen will shut down soon.

Submitted by kyawkyawsoezhu on Fri, 28/08/2020 - 16:11

One Zaab, Yangon *** Good place for those who craving for Thai cuisine. I was amazed by their menu, they have many famous Thai cuisines, service was OK and the taste was average, but for Yangon standard of Thai cuisine, you can say that it’s pretty good, a lot better than many Thai restaurants available in Yangon. I went there with 2 of my friends, one of them had Thai sausage with rice and the other one had corn salad with soup. I had this menu called Kort Saint Pra Htoo, it’s basically a noodle with salted fish and 2 different kinds of Thai sauce. They have beers too. This menu was the main that brings me here. I’ve seen my FB friend post picture of this it on her story, it gave me a flashback of my hometown as my mon like to buy it for me frequently. I’m a little disappointed by the taste because it’s not as good as what I used to eat at my hometown the sauce was terrible, then I realize that this is Yangon where foods are terrible. However, it satisfied my craving for Thai cuisine despite the taste.

Submitted by STELLA RIBEIRO SILVA on Mon, 24/08/2020 - 18:18

I have to say that I love junk food, even though this is not the healthiest food in the world.Well, one of my bad experiences happened in one of these junk food's restaurants. First of all, the service was terrible, the woman that got my order was very rude and impatient with me with the others costumers. Secondly, the dish that I ordered was horrible. The hamburger was cold and the meet wasn't even well cooked. Unfurnatly, I did not have the courage to say anything about my food, beause I got ashamed, so I paid for the food and got out off there, very frustrated.

Submitted by IKEDA on Sun, 23/08/2020 - 07:15

As I love eating out, I've ever been to many restaurants. As so, I got to some bad restaurants occasionally. For instance, When I had a ramen noodle, which was one of my favorite ramens because it was really good anytime I ate, the noodle itself was too cooked and the soup was lukewarm. As I had trusted the taste of that ramen shop ever before, I was so disappointed.

Submitted by esi on Fri, 14/08/2020 - 09:24

I think people must cook foods at home. we have to stay at home.