Don't Do It!
We sat down at this restaurant because it looked relatively busy. We tend not to eat in quiet restaurants.
Before we had chance to look at the faded grubby menu (a pet hate of mine) we were pounced upon and presented with starters of open muscles, bread and local cheeses.
I was mortified & slightly disturbed by the , you eat you pay , you don't eat you don't pay instruction.
At this point I noticed that our table and all the others had dusty plates turned upside down on the tables. Then moments later another waiter came to take our order , we were still spinning from the unsolicited food that had been thrust upon us and were debating about walking away.
Then I noticed what looked like tinned potatoes on the plate of the table next to us. We were discussing leaving when we were asked again for our order. I asked to have the food we had not ordered taken away, so we could finish our conversation in private. Which they did but were definitely not happy about.
I did not want to eat muscles that could have been in and out of kitchen to table 10 times before someone accepted them. We were asked again to order so we just ordered a beer.
We looked at the menu and the food around us and decided not to eat. The waiter was furious and shouted at us for not eating . The tables they had put us on were for dining not drinking and we would be making the "Chef" angry. But half the tables were empty anyway, we were not stopping potential customers for from dining. We did not respond to the tirade, we remained composed and dignified. We simply asked for the bill.
Our change took an uncomfortably long time to arrive but as a point of principal we were not going to leave without it and they would not get the table back until they did return with our money. Another couple got similar treatment for not allowing the staff to even put food down on the table they had not ordered.
It has been a long time since I have bee treated like walking cash machine. I think we may have had a lucky escape. This was a shocking restaurant reminiscent of a 'faulty towers' farce, it felt like we were back in the days of time share.
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