I know Mainland China well, and went there because I wanted to eat reasonably authentic Chinese food in a good ambience: in particular also, because it is one of the few places that serves Peking duck.
While the starters were reasonable (although not great), I was shocked to discover that my 'Peking Duck' (we had ordered half a duck, which costs nearly a thousand rupees) consisted of a few tiny, cold, and already filled pancakes with a minuscule amount of meat, and cucumbers and scallions pre-stuffed in them. As if to act as a filler, we were served bowls of 'duck' soup, supposedly, which smelt like tinned chicken soup with a few floating pieces of boiled meat.
I know my Peking Duck: when I protested that this was NOTHING like Peking Duck should be and that I would report the matter -- sure enough, half a duck was brought to my table and the skin and meat sliced in our presence as it should be (I was asked, do you want the meat? To which I wanted to say, no, I really would prefer it you took the meat back to the kitchen and ate it, which is what you presumably did the last time around). All the condiments and the sauce were brought in separately, and served to us fresh, to be put on the pancakes. Importantly, the quantity of meat was at least 10 times what we were originally served.
Mr Chatterjee, I know that you would have been appalled to see your staff colluding in what was an attempted ripoff. If I had been ignorant of what Peking Duck was, or if I had not been as assertive as I was, I would have been paying nearly a thousand rupees for a meal whose net worth was not more than a hundred, and in additional the taste experience would have been zero (the meat which had been stuffed in the pancakes was not at all crisp, and the condiments were stale, the first time around).
Although in the end I was satisfied with the Peking Duck we were served at my insistence (which proved that your staff do indeed know how to make and serve one), I am still in shock at the fact that the manager (presumably) and some of the staff are trying to make money fraudulently by ripping individual customers off.
Although I normally recommend your restaurant to friends, this experience has shaken my faith, and I will tell them certainly to avoid your Silver Spring branch of Mainland China unless the management is changed.
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