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Sending Food Back for Unlisted Items in the Dish

NicoleFriedman | Jul 22, 2010 07:21 AM

My love of food spans a great variety but there are a few keen items that I just cannot stomach even to smell. The most ubiquitous is cheese, in almost any form. (The one exception is ricotta and only in Italian cheesecake because for some reason it doesn't taste cheesy to me:} )
When I go to any Italian restaurant, even if a dish does not specify cheese, I almost always request "no cheese please" just in case. However, let's say that I'm in an American/continental place and order a sandwich which has no mention of cheese on the menu item. It's not 100% of the time but many times I will receive a meal with cheese on it. If it's in one piece I have removed it myself if I am starving, but I will often have to send it back because the smell and flavor has already penetrated the rest of the food, making it inedible for me. How do you respond in a similar situation? I am not expecting a restaurant list every single ingredient in a dish on the menu, and I do accept some responsibility in asking if unsure. However, when the addition of cheese arrives in a dish when I am not expecting it, I do believe I am in the right to request a new dish so I can enjoy it,

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