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 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

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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!

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