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 GiulianaAndy on Tue, 22/06/2021 - 00:54

Yes, I have. Here it is: At around 5 years ago I went a restaurant with my family, the mains were amazing with lots of flavor, it was impressive. But if you ask me about the side dish and the service, it was awful. When my family and I arrived at the restaurant at 2:30, we had to wait 30 minutes while they attend us, and the restaurant was only half full. There was no reason to make is wait at all. We ordered the side dish and the main they looked delicious. But, when we tasted the side dish, it was overcooked and swimming in oil so we didn't finish it. When the waitress asked if everything was okay, we complained about the side dish and she didn't care about that. She didn't offer us anything else or take the side dish off our bill. Also, when we didn't leave a tip, she looked disgusted.

Submitted by Ehsan on Tue, 25/05/2021 - 09:41

yes, I would like to try different restaurants each time. unfortunately, some of them aren't good.

Submitted by Camila Abreu on Thu, 22/04/2021 - 14:23

Countless times, one in particular disappointed me a lot. I went to a restaurant specializing in chicken, the dishes were excessively large and exchange between them was too fast, so a lot of food was a thrown away :(

Submitted by Dibesciak on Fri, 09/04/2021 - 08:15

I dont remember if I ever had a bad meal in restaurant, sometimes Is just happen that you receiving different meal that you imagine I would get when you have ordered the food. The very bad experience I have recently when I ordered food from Deliveroo, I ordered portion of Ramen and Gyoza from Take-away restaurant close to me. The food was terrible , I could not eat it at all. After I checked reviews of this shop in google, they have only 2 stars out of 5 , I could check this earlier ;P

Submitted by Frank Cuello on Wed, 31/03/2021 - 15:52

I don't recall to have a bad meal in a restaurant recently. The most negative experience that I have was in a restaurant where the food didn't have a great taste but the atmosphere was so good that it overcome the bad things of the restaurant.

Submitted by Liyu on Tue, 30/03/2021 - 19:11

The air conditioner is too cold, The steak is too old. I really like watch the 《Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares》show before I came to Singapore. I was so impressed by the chef Gordon Ramsay in that show, I think he has a high standard for all food. So when I know Singapore have a restaurant is belong to Chef Gordon, I was so expected. So I came for dinner with my friend, we all loved the mid-rate steak, so when ordered two mid-rate steaks, the food arrived fast. But when took the first bite, we are so disappointed, because both steaks are too old, that‘s like a well-done steak! So we tell this feedback to the waiters, but he just says, we will tell the chef. Then until we leave, nothing happened, no one tells me why our steak tastes too old. We also ordered a bottle of wine, but the tire condition is too cold for us, so we have to take away the wine, but without the air conditioner’s temperature problem, the environment is better than the food! All in all, we are so disappointed. 
Hope they can improve the service skill and solve the steak problems.

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