A Caesar Salad with prawns seemed a pleasant choice for lunch, and having paid extra for bread (!) I looked forward to a dish of Romaine Lettuce, croutons, flaked parmesan all dressed with a beautiful classic sauce made from a variation of egg, lemon juice, olive oil, Worcester sauce and garlic - then topped with prawns. It was some time before the dish arrived, beautifully arranged in a large deep dish.
But what I was presented with was in fact merely a fancy Prawn Cocktail served up with a few rancid tasting croutons. Just to make the point, the spears of Romaine lettuce contained a reasonable portion of prawns, dressed in a Marie Rose sauce (usually mayonnaise flavoured with tomato ketchup) and sprinkled with those unfortunate croutons. No sauce Caesar, no flaked parmesan, nothing to suggest this was a variation on a Caesar Salad. And no lemon. Accompanied by a discussion with the waitress about bread not being part of the dish, even though it had been ordered as an extra!
At a time when issues of food authenticity are very much in the public mind, the management should remember their legal and ethical obligations in this area and take care to ensure that the food they serve is as described. The term ‘Caesar Salad’ is a well known classical dish or ‘brand’, and the customer (and especially Americans) will have expectations as to its constituent parts. If you want to offer a dish that is very different to the classic dish then you should make this clear. And/or invest in some staff training.
The Tiger Inn is idyllically located on the green in a Sussex downland village and is very popular in the summer and at weekends so it really is a great pity that the management are not more careful about the authenticity of any classic dishes they offer. And as the pub is frequented by walkers enjoying the magnificence of the South Downs and proximity to Beachy Head and Birling Gap it is a pity that they feel the need to charge extra for bread to accompany dishes that are served as main courses but which contain so little carbohydrate which would be needed to stoke the walkers up for the continuation of their journey. Surely this should be part and parcel of the same dish?
It is a common mistake to underestimate customers’ knowledge and experience of food, classical and otherwise, and one can, of course, take one’s business elsewhere if one thinks that one has been taken for a fool - there are, after all, three other really excellent eating places on the same Green at East Dean - a Thai Restaurant, a Delicatessen and the Hikers’ Rest.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Tiger Inn has five luxury en-suite bedrooms. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Tiger Inn East Dean, England