That friend and I then met again. She told me of a new restaurant she had really liked. It sounded good. They had on display a sample meal which included fish, salad and chips. There were two different prices, ns35 and ns39, if I remember correctly. I asked for the cheaper one and requested salad instead of chips. The waitress said "no problem." Portions were rather skimpy, and I still felt hungry when I finished, but that wasn't the big problem. The big problem was that they wanted me to pay ns42 for the meal. I got angry and told them that I had made it very clear that I had ordered the ns35 meal.
"But you had a side order of salad."The boss came out and asked what happened. I told him. He asked me what I was willing to pay.
"That was no side order of salad, and you never told me that I'd be charged extra for replacing the chips with salad. I never would have ordered food here if I had known that."
"Thirty-five shekels, which is what I was told when I had ordered."
And I also told them that I'd write about this awful experience, which I'm doing right now. My friend liked the place and begged me not to use its name. So, that's it. I hope they've learned their lesson. Maybe people who eat the chips find the more satisfying, but I consider it a very skimpy meal.
And another unpleasant restaurant experience with the same friend. I guess it's good that we won't be eating out together for a bit. She introduced me to a nice salad place, with good prices. Actually, the food was good, too. There's just no place to comfortably eat there. The big problem was completely different. Everyone who eats out with me knows that I photograph the food and then I blog about it. What I started taking pictures the staff went ballistic.
"No pictures!!!"Oy, I'm not doing well in the restaurant reviewing "business." I wish I could get some invitations from the restaurants which would include free meals, like the Jerusalem Post writers get.
"But I want to give you free publicity. I'm planning on writing only wonderful things."
"No, our boss doesn't allow it. You have to contact him for permission."