This question has bothered me for so many years it's scary. I would be interested in what other diners think.
About 15 years ago I went to a "hip and trendy" restaurant in Upstate New York that believe it or not is still in business and is still "hip and trendy". I ordered a veal dish which when cut into oozed blood onto the plate. I asked for the veal to be cooked through until it was white, it went back to the kitchen and a new portion was cooked (that was nice) and it was exactly the same. It went back and a THIRD brand new portion came out, exactly the same. By this time I was very hungry. The explanation was that the entree was prepared "to the chef's taste". I paid for the salad and my guests dinner, and for the only time in my life did not leave a tip for the waiter.
Would be interested to know what the chowhounds think about this.