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Feeling a little wind-swept by Typhoon

aliris | Mar 4, 2008 10:04 PM

Anyone else feel a little sponged by Typhoon? I ordered food to go from them tonight; 4 entrees for a total of $70 which really surprised me. Actually, what truly rankled was that I ordered two dishes with a thin sauce (the striped bass and a chicken curry) and it hadn't occurred to me to ask for rice; I presumed the entree would be served complete with a starch -- that is something to "carry" the sauce. At the least were that not the restaurant's custom, I would have expected the aberrant style to be explained as a precautionary service. My expectation of assistance in the ordering was not met as I was never prompted regarding my obvious omission; what came to our table was an incomplete take-out meal .... at $70.

The bass was really very delicious, but it certainly should have been at $30.00 While I've little doubt some will consider me wholly at fault for not inquiring as to the price in advance, I'm afraid it had not occurred to me either. Frankly I just do feel that a quick mention of a sticker price more than twice that of the rest would have been a useful customer service. Another nice touch would have been if they had even charged me at the rate advertised online?! Nope.

So just exactly how culpable am I in my irritation here? I'm willing to believe this unhappiness is pretty much wholly my fault, I guess. But I thought maybe I would check with you knowledgeable gourmands as to whether my expectations are truly out of line. Any thoughts? Any similar experiences to share from there?

BTW, independent of price, I would recommend the striped bass for sure. It was truly special, if not in my opinion quite worth that sticker price. At $14 each our other choices (pad tai, moo shoo (chkn), chicken coc. curry) were of even more dubious value as they were certainly good, just not superb. I've no doubt, to be fair, the dishes all suffered from the sub-par and sub-temperature paper carton presentation.

I guess Typhoon charges a premium for the view, and sans that the premium can be unjustifiable. grump.

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