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Red Fish, Blue fish, not the fish I ordered.

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Red Fish, Blue fish, not the fish I ordered.

splatgirl | May 16, 2011 09:09 PM

What do you all think is the appropriate way to address an attempt to pass off one fish for another at a restaurant?
I had one of the worst meals in a while tonight (Lola's Lake House in Waconia, FWIW) --not the least due to having ordered "panfried Canadian walleye" and getting something I'm 99% certain was NOT walleye.
Walleye: a thin, fish shaped fillet or portion thereof, right? What was on my plate were large square/rectangular 3/4" to 1" thick cut slabs of fish. Not like any walleye I've ever met in the water or on a plate. My best guess is that it was the cod they have on the menu as fish and chips dressed up in a different package and sold for $20 instead of $13.

S.O.'s entree was disappointing and bordering on inedible as well, but at least it was the tuna he ordered.

Anyway, I was hungry and needed to get on with my evening, but in any other situation I would have sent this "walleye" back. OTOH, not carrying a testing laboratory in my purse, I really had no way to prove it wasn't walleye other than based on my not insignificant experiences with both. And if the kitchen is shady enough to pull this crap in the first place then really, what is the point?

If they didn't have walleye, blatant deception is a better option than coming and asking me to change my order? I feel taken advantage of.

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