Hi, here is a "what would you do" scenario from my experiences.
we have a regular lady diner at our upmarket restaurant, she dines roughly every fortnight with us.
So, she arrives, is seated and I hand her the menu, wine list and specials board as normal. Shouldn't really bother.
When it comes time to order, her order always goes like this:
"I'll have the wagyu fillet, but instead of the cafe de paris butter, I'll have the red wine jus from the Angus steak. And instead of the cauliflower puree, I want some of the dukkah beans from the sides menu. Oh, and can the chef please cook me some plain, steamed carrots instead of the broccolini...." and so on.
She does it with every dish she ever orders, regardless of what the menu states. The chefs hate her and tell me to refuse all the substitutions. They say that all the elements described on their dishes are worked out to compliment each other, and she should go to a buffet if she wants to create her own menu.
What say you?