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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Worksheet104.9 Ko

Language level

B1 English level (intermediate)

Soumis par smell08 le jeu 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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Soumis par eleni kouloutzou le jeu 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.

Soumis par Núria VC le mar 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....

Soumis par Hayam30 le sam 30/03/2019 - 16:43

Yes ofcourse , it was the worest , when me and my friend went to chilis to had a dinner at friday night , we both ordered a fried chicken with red sauce and drinks , chic ken was overcooked , very spicy , the waiter was so late untile he got us the order , i liked the drink but the mains was so bad also the service , we paid by credit card so no tips and the waiter seemed to be annoyed ..
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Soumis par Esra KG le jeu 14/03/2019 - 09:23

I like eating out. Tasting different dishes and enjoy the meal without the hassle of cooking and cleaning. My latest restaurant experience was moderate though. I went to the lokal breakfast and lunch restaurant with my friend. It is a nice but small place. The waitress led us to a pleasant table and served with a nice smile on her face. We ordered an omlette and a sandwich, both were good. And served in a short time. Price was sensible, thankfully tip was included as well. Sometimes I find it hard to decide how much it should be. The only negative part of our lunch was the restaurant being so crowded and noisy we couldn't hear each other and discuss about the topic which was the reason of our lunch meeting. I think the management can use some soft background music which could motivate people to speak less loud. And maybe some sound absorbing decorative objects.

Soumis par Azzarine le mer 13/03/2019 - 09:41

I didn't go in restaurants, not often, but sometimes the wait is very too long and the waiters can't even give us some bread or something to help with waiting because it'll be on our bill. In France, it's rare to let tip for the waiters, or sometimes it's 2 or 5 euros, not more. I'm aware that is some countries, the tip is about 10% of the bill, sometimes more.

Soumis par cadu le mar 12/03/2019 - 10:42

I had meals differents that I expected. In some cases some expensive or with poor flavors. In general the restaurants are good places but in some cases needs to adjust the model of operation. It not only refer to the food but all the experience like the table accommodation, the prices, the hole experience and the service. Finally if the food is the best you come back always.

Soumis par Murali Manohar… le sam 09/03/2019 - 16:43

Hi I liked the exercise & it seems very easy.

Soumis par Galletta87 le ven 08/03/2019 - 12:25

Yes, in my last work break I did not have a great dinner experience. Despite the reservation we sat down after 30 minutes. There was an excessive confusion between staff and customers. But after all we ate well. The waiter was wrong to bring the wine, but he solved the problem. the bill was cheap.

Soumis par spacekantor le ven 08/03/2019 - 07:05

It was in 2015 when I had just moved into Bandung. I needed to find a suitable and quiet place to start working on my deadline. unaware of Bandung's heavy traffic jammed, I got lost between Cihampelas Street and found myself starving that I hadn't eaten anything before left the house. So this is a unique cafe called "Tous Les Jours" interested to me. I was quite impressed with the design and how fast their waitress worked were. It only took about 1 minute to get my order served. The dishes they offered were delicious. Although I didn't sure where those come from but from the looks it maybe had "Arabian Sauce" on it. I eat rapidly for I must get back to the office before noon. I was about paying my bill when a waitress told me that I actually "the hundredth" customers of their cafe so, I got released to pay any bills. Wow. That was insane and I couldn't help myself but smiling all day back in the office.

Soumis par Isabelle31 le jeu 07/03/2019 - 10:42

Yesterday, I have discover a new restaurant in Toulouse ( L'Alouette); all was very good; service, menu, decoration and wine. I highly recommend it
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Soumis par michelag le mer 06/03/2019 - 08:42

Yes, of course! I come from a country when the food is delicious, maybe one of the best food in the entire world, but also here sometimes you can find a restaurant below average and some mains not so delicious as they look in the menu. Anyway, when I don't like something, I don't say anything, simply I decide to avoid that place in the future, or as alternative, I write a negative review on trip advisor.

Soumis par Juan Diego Gal… le mar 05/03/2019 - 20:35

Yes, of course, I have had some bad situations at a restaurant, but according to my point of view I think is not good to be a rude and complainer customer even if you pay for that meal. I know you pay for good service and delicious food, but sometimes employees are not good to serve people. So, for that reason, I don´t say anything but is almost sure that I won´t come back again.
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Soumis par MAO le lun 04/03/2019 - 13:08

Over all, the meals of the restaurants I had visited are good or beyond average. That is because I would search for the evaluations of the specific restaurant before i go. Based on the recommendations of netizens, I can prevent myself from touching the "landmine". However, it is worth noting that the more "pushes" the restaurants gets, the more popular it is, which means that the restaurant would be crowded and in a great demand. Furthermore, it is hard to get a reservation or the quality of service will be spared owing to the lack of the ability of digesting such large amount of guests.

Soumis par Gulbanu le ven 01/03/2019 - 10:55

More then enough We like to visit restaurant Mister Cat. This is pizza discount place and i agree with this quit good definition. Big XL size pizza cost only 10$ plus from noon up to 5 p.m. it's possible to get second one for free. Actually, for Asian menu discount is the same. But fist of all, of course, is a taste. It's delicious and the best of all local pizza's makers.