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 Trang Luu on Fri, 24/02/2023 - 06:11


I had dinner with my family at the central city restaurant many years ago. The restaurant welcomed us with warm and friendly. The mains was good with all of meals we love. We enjoyed the food until we found the chicken still red inside. It wasn't cook enough. The manager came to say sorry but she still thought the dish was good. So we have never came to that restaurant again.

Submitted by ZARA_MH on Thu, 16/02/2023 - 02:06


A few months ago I went to dinner with my boyfriend. The atmosphere of the restaurant was excellent, the waiting time was pleasant and the attention was incredible.

When we arrived there was no line to order so we immediately ordered 2 cups of chocolate.
After ordering, we looked for a table and waited around 10 minutes for the hot choclate to arrive, while we appreciated the music that set the place.

We really recommend the restaurant, because the taste of the food is incredible, the prices are affordable and the atmosphere and attention from the staff is amazing.

Submitted by EMF_12 on Wed, 18/01/2023 - 02:48


For dinner, I went there with my girlfriend. At first sight, the place was a little messy and unclean.
We both ordered a lasagna special, which was delicious and had just come out of the oven. A bit oily but just on edge. The attendant was kind, and the food arrived in 20 minutes, which I consider a prudent time to cook that dishes.
Overall, it was a good experience, and I would go again.

Submitted by Alvin Chau on Mon, 19/12/2022 - 09:55


Few months ago, I went to a Thai restaurant in Saigon city with my old colleagues. I was very impressive by the it's architecture even it places in a small alley inside the downtown. This restaurant is one of the famous restaurant in the city, hence it seems always full of customers.
We had to wait around 30 minutes to order our foods.
It's worth the wait, the foods and drinks are delicious, the side dishes with a little sweetness and main course are really spicy but I love that taste a lot.

Submitted by Ilianny_Alexis on Sat, 03/12/2022 - 16:24


If you ask me, if I have had an experience like this. The answer is "Yes" unfortunately there are restaurants which don't know the meaning of good cooking and also customer service, they treat you as a beggar.

Submitted by Azhar13 on Thu, 01/12/2022 - 07:05


Unfortunately this happened several times in different occasion. For example, me and my husband were in a road trip from Muscat to Sur, a far east costal town, when we stopped for a quick meal at one of the local restaurants.
It has a great sea view with a spectacular outdoor sitting area. My husband ordered a seafood pizza and I ordered a tuna salad.
The service was good and the staff were friendly. The food was served within a reasonable time. My husband enjoyed his pizza. He said it was delicious and flavored. I was disappointed because my tuna salad was awful and not fresh at all. However when the waiter asked us if every thing was good, I mentioned for him that the salad was totally unexpected and I feel so bad about it. He was very polit and apologized for that. He offer me another tuna salad with a complementary fresh orange juice. The second tuna salad was great and well presented with fresh and juicy vegetables.
I enjoyed my meal and the sea view. We tipped the waiter generously. I'll consider visiting this restaurant in future for sure and I'll recommend it to my friends and family.

Submitted by YuliaMelenchuk on Wed, 23/11/2022 - 10:47


Unfortunately I have. It was about year ago. I ordered pizza and I expected that it was delicious. But when I tried it I was confused. There was so much oil and sause. I could not eat it.

Submitted by purporpp on Tue, 25/10/2022 - 03:39


i really doesn´t care much the flavour about food, if im hungry, i like everything, even if it is cold, but one day, i had to wait so mucho in the queue just for a hot dog, dude. i was really annoying and dissapointed about that attention. besides, that place in a wrong way say much about the local.

Submitted by Rita25 on Mon, 10/10/2022 - 12:38


Yeah definitely as we all do, In fact I've lost counts of how many times I've experienced bad service and inedible dishes. But the worst that beats them all was when we went to a Mexican Restaurant packed with customers and long queues, It took them almost an hour to get our table ready. We were already starving to death and mouth drooping to get a taste of quesadillas. When we finally had our ordered we were excited to dig in, the food was too oily and it wasn't worth the price. Though the place had a relaxing ambiance and good service the waitress was accomodating. That was one pricey restaurant. I never understood why there was a long queues. Perhaps It was just overrated since it is located in a bustling city. Anyway I love mexican food I've been to many mexican restaurant that served mouth watering dishes in a reasonable price.

Submitted by Nandar Su Hlaing on Fri, 16/09/2022 - 07:48


Yes, I had a bad experience in a restaurant last week. We ordered two bowls of traditional noddle. The taste was normal, but the price is very high, and they also reduced the portion of the food in all dishes than others. I have got annoyed having in that restaurant.