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 Ayano on Wed, 17/06/2020 - 03:17

I had eaten bad meal but then I was a child, so I think I didn’t like this. Then I’ll try to write review of this bad meal. Great main dish, unique soup I forgot some information about the name of restaurant and the place because I’ve gone to the restaurant with my family when I was a child. However, I have things that I remember. There is many antique furniture, shelf, mirror, tables, and chairs. Also, there are many unique pictures of clown. They are a little scary because they are smiling oddly, and I couldn’t watch for a long time. In this way, this restaurant is a little different, but I think it is good point and interesting thing. Furthermore, I was served from salad to dessert, but most of dishes are quite delicious. But there was only bad one. That is soup. It looks like egg soup and I thought it looked delicious. However, the idea was changed when I smelled of this soup. It had a smell such like a cigarette. Also, when I ate this soup, it was tasted a cigarette. I hate the smell of cigarette, so I was surprised at the thing happened in front of me. I took time to eat it because I didn’t leave all dishes. This restaurant is nice for me because waitresses were also wonderful. Therefore, I want to go there again if soup smell is changed.

Submitted by senes19 on Mon, 08/06/2020 - 20:05

Yes, unfortunately I have some bad experience about the restaurants. Last of them was very terrible. I have ordered steak. It arrived fastly. We were surprised. Because it should be at least 20 min in the oven or pan. Only in ten minutes it was ready. But it wasn't properly cooked. Also blood was dripping from the flesh. As if the cow was living. By the way my wife is vegetarian and we were together. She hasn't eaten anything during the nights. Waitress was sincerely and helpfully. He was innocent. But anymore we didn't prefer and offered this place.

Submitted by Miyu on Wed, 03/06/2020 - 16:25

Hotel’s restaurant in Japan Reviewed yesterday Good fine food, other side dishes were subtle I stayed at the hotel in Japan several years ago. I had a dinner with my family at a restaurant in the hotel in the first day evening. The restaurant was buffet style, so I was looking forward to being served many foods that taste excellent. When I took some foods, the color and cooked conditions were seemed to be good and I became to eat them earlier, but, after I ate them, I found it was not delicious except of roast beef. Roast beef were delicious enough not tricking the appearance. However, the tastes of other side dishes like fried chicken or kinds of Chinese food were not delicious so much and made my stomach upset. On the other hand, fresh fruits and jellies were just good to finish dinner. I was happy that I was able to eat a full stomach. I was also excited selecting foods from many kinds of dishes while walking around, but I thought it was a shame that many side dishes were not worth the money.

Submitted by Riko Sasajima on Wed, 03/06/2020 - 08:00

Tosho daihannten, Saitama Japan Came for lunch with my family. My grandfather loved china dishes. So, we visit there to celebrate his birthday. Exterior wall of it seemed to high quality and take costs a lot. It looks like China town in yokohama. I enjoyed luxurious atmosphere. However, the service and clerk were terrible. And I remember we paid a lot. Even though my sister dropped a cup of water, clerk seemed not to help us. I surprised. When manager found this situation, we apologized to him a lot. Moreover, I felt dishes was too spicy. We ordered spring roll, spicy Chinese dish of tofu and ground meat and so, on and shared them. Because I was nine years old at that time, I couldn’t eat them without water. Before I visited, I had seen its building many time. I was really looking for visiting there from its exterior wall. However, inside of it was disappointed. Only atmosphere of restaurant was good. I recommend you to visit cheaper Chinese restaurant such as Hidakaya. I think the important point of restaurant is customers feels comfortable. In short, restaurant that we don’t have to worry about cost is loved by everyone forever.

Submitted by phongtrinh2111 on Tue, 02/06/2020 - 16:12

The best-cheapest street food ever in Saigon. If you have ever heard about street food, Saigon would be the best place for crushing it. There was a small fried noodle stand on the pavement of District 4. The street was not having many people hanging around but the noodle stand was the crowded one. The chef was an old woman. Oppose to her age, she can make a very delicious dishes which can cheer everyone up. The service was very fast, the food was available within 10 minutes after it was ordered. The dish arrived hotly and attractive. The smell was so great that I can wait no more to grab the chopsticks. When you look at the dish, I could swear that this dish can compete worldwide with many famous high-class restaurant. Then, yummy! I have enjoyed it every second with every bite. At the end of the day, I vote 5 stars for the old lady. If my mom is the best chef then she might be the second or the third.

Submitted by grando99521 on Mon, 01/06/2020 - 11:21

Kenji Japanese Restaurant - The best in the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne Coming here has become a regular thing. I am quite fond of their sushi and sashimi, which are extraordinary and remarkably fresh. This time I decided to try something new, their signature Unadon Box. The dish took about 15 minutes to arrive, I would say it was a little bit slow, however, it could not stop me from giving my truest compliments and appreciation to them. Two pieces of roasted juicy eel with rich gravy on Japanese steamed rice, also comes with a small size of salad, five species of crispy tempuras and tofu, what more do you expect for a $20 dollars lunch box. It tasted really good, I would definitely come back for more and go through their menus entirely and see if they could surprise me again. The service was reasonable and no one would ask for tips and its all voluntary. The vibe of the place was clean, quiet and traditional. It was a fantastic experience.
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Submitted by JuanManuelLopezGil on Mon, 20/04/2020 - 22:29

Oh yeah! In Valletta, Malta, my girlfriend and me ordered us a burger with chips but its flavour was very bad. We do not have any problem with a bad dish but if this is cheap but if is expensive like as this, we indignant us a lot: its price was €20. We will never forget it and do not come back again at that restaurant.

Submitted by SANDRA YINNET on Sat, 18/04/2020 - 17:35

The Champion In Bogotá-Colombia where we living with my family, often went a this restaurant because the food was excellent in taste and presentation and your price was inside the comparasion between the cost and benefit, but la last visit was terrible we don't knew and the ownwer had changed so all changed; the food, the service and the price. In my case, I loved eat salmon with shrimp but my dish was horrible the fish was frozen still when when they passed it to the table your taste was unpleasant and the portions giants. We will not go back to that place
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Submitted by JuanManuelLopezGil on Mon, 20/04/2020 - 22:33

In reply to by SANDRA YINNET

Bogotá is a cold and expensive city but has good things...few but worth it, you know it!