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.


  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.

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Submitted by YED on Sat, 27/03/2021 - 00:46

No, I don t remember I had a bad meal in a restaurant . But once in an indian restaurant-I really love indian food- my child ordered a chocolate kind of big pancake ... but it was chocolate and cheese... so she didn't eat it and nobody accepted to share it with her. The waiter was very surprised that we didn t like it.

Submitted by hassainar on Wed, 17/03/2021 - 07:20

I and my friends visited a restaurant long ago at my home town. we ordered for Biriyani, a south Indian dish made with meat and rice. Biriyani was so terrible, it was cooked a day before and having some bad smell. Nobody eat fully and left on the plate. we complained to the manager and he had no answer to us than saying sorry. Later he gave some discount on the bill. That was very bad experience in my life and there are many bad experience in my life.

Submitted by Axew on Sat, 13/03/2021 - 21:49

My family and I went to a restaurant when we were on a vacation . It is located near the beach . I love the scenery view there . You can enjoy it while eating food . They serve seafood dish such as prawns and crabs . We ordered a set of the menu . Once it arrived , I was mesmerized by the presentation of the food . It gave me a beach vibes along with it . It tasted really good and delicious . We all really satisfied with the food . After all , I rate it 10 out of 10 as I love everything that being serve there . I really hope I can go there someday again in the future

Submitted by jose luis torr… on Sun, 07/03/2021 - 19:44

Yes, of course. I remmember 3 years ago my friend and I went to a new restaurant near to my house . We listened about the deliciuos sandwinches. Unfortunaletly when we ordered , the waitress said they have only two of these . We didn't have another options so we decided go out . I prefer to choose beetween many alternatives to eat when I go for a lunch with my friends.

Submitted by Gao on Sat, 06/03/2021 - 15:46

Came for a celebration with my husband. We loved Western culinary so we go to a Wine House for some special days. I has been there 3 times before and the experience was amazing. The mains were fantastic which were amazing with lots of flavours and side dishes are quite good. However, the 4th time was terrible. I was so excited about smoked salmon with caviar so I order one. Unfortunately, this dish has been removed from the menu. It is a pity. Then I ordered some other dishes and they was off the menu. It is 7pm and it seems like we did not have many options. We have to try something new. The food delivered slowly and the taste was not so good. I believe that they have changed their chef. And another change was we had to order a bottle of wine instead of glasses. We was totally disappointed and I decided not to come back that restaurant anymore.

Submitted by giukkkj on Fri, 05/03/2021 - 18:20

yes, i already had a bad meal, me and my family were in a restaurant very good and expensive, we thought that was the best restaurant that has ever existed, local appearance is beautiful, the place had a such good vibes,we ordered some potato with bacon, and was really delicious, actually the best part of this restaurant was the potato, cause after that, we asked three hamburgers, and was really bad, the meet was raw, the bread was withered, everything sucks, the bill gave like two hundred, and the price didn't equals the delay and then horrible hamburger . this was the worst situation that i have ever passed in a restaurant.

Submitted by Abrarhussain on Thu, 25/02/2021 - 08:00

Yes, I have had a bad meal in a local vegetarian restaurant with my family. The outlook of the restaurant was nice and clean. The service of the restaurant was very slow. After a long wait we served with starter kababs ,the taste was not good and feeling like half cooked. The chicken curry was ok but too oily, and feel did not fresh taste. We paid the bill with a tip and came back home feeling unhappy.

Submitted by German on Fri, 12/02/2021 - 01:22

Yes, I have. I sometimes have had bad experiences in restaurantes not only with the meal, but also with the service. Actually, when I have had problems in restaurants in the most have been because the bad service.

Submitted by AulianFr on Fri, 12/02/2021 - 01:07

I don't remember the restaurant's name, but it is a small place in downtown Bandung where people usually hang out. I believe it's a pretty popular place for students because the place is cozy and the interior is wonderful. But this restaurant sets the price irrationally high. The foods were average and there was nothing special about them. I remember I ordered carbonara or something and it didn't taste as much as I had expected. The benefit-to-cost ratio was just too low. But I did really like the place and the atmosphere. Maybe that's the reason why people like to visit this place. They come for the vibe, not the food and the dishes are just for snacking while they do other things like chatting with their friends

Submitted by John90 on Thu, 11/02/2021 - 03:17

"Los cazadores", México In a weekend my mom and me were looking for some food beacuse we were running out of food at home so we decided to go to a restaurant nerby called "los cazadores". The staff was very polite with us, first good impression. All the dishes on the menu looked so delicious and we ordered some roast meat for both. When we tried our food it was overcooked and too salty so we asked to the waiter about this but he told us that he couldn't do anything about. The side dishes were very good so I could say that them saved our meal. We left less tip to the waiter because he didn't help us a lot but in other hand the sevice were great with good attitude. Maybe we'll back to try another dish like fish or salad.