Dined there with two friends last night. I ordered one of their signature dishes, steamed black mussels, and my friend ordered their seafood pasta with mussels, clams & shrimp. The first mussel tasted too fishy, but I decided to down 2 more just to make sure that my own taste buds weren't off. I'm not one to make a fuss at a restaurant, so I decided to be cool and just sop up some of the white wine broth with bread and focus in on our conversation. My friend, however, was having a similar experience with her pasta, and after 2 bites, she was unable to eat any more. Our waiter did not return to our table after serving our food, so we did not have an opportunity to communicate the experience to him.
Another server came to our table to pick up the empty plate of our friend who ordered a beef dish, and we commented to him that the mussels were off. He said that he knew the mussels were off that evening! He cleared plates from our table and we were left a bit stunned that we were knowingly served questionable shellfish. Our waiter then made his way to our table and said that he wished we had told him earlier on that our mussels were off. Again, as we're not the type to make scenes in public, none of us challenged him on the points that he had not returned to our table after delivering the food and that it seemed to be common knowledge among the waitstaff at least that the mussels were off. He asked if we wanted to dessert, but we declined, and he soon brought out our check. My steamed mussels were taken off the bill, but my friend's pasta dish wasn't. Why? Was it because she removed the mussels and clams from her pasta bowl, and the waiter erroneously assumed that she had eaten more of her food than she actually had? Wasn't it enough that she was served bad shellfish and faced an potentially horrible night because of it?!
Anyway, we paid the bill and split. I'm angry today. I didn't sleep well last night and I don't feel 100% today. I will not be going back to Vermont, and I will telephone the management to make a more formal complaint.
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