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French Waiters

law_doc89 | Feb 21, 201509:41 AM

The joys of being snowed in, getting to do more reading!

I have only once ever run into a problem with a waiter, and that was a Sommelier who was properly dealt with by the maître d' who saw almost immediately that I was not pleased. Too many Americans fail to enjoy the precision, knowledge and intrusive service by people who really want diners to enjoy the food and seek to create a memorable experience.

I have not been back to Paris since 2011, but my very last lunch was at LeDoyan, and upon being served a beautifully laid out dish with a transparent, hardened, savory caramel, I commented to my girlfriend that this looked so good, I thought it a shame to eat it. As if coming out of a trap door, the maître d' appeared to ask if I were unhappy about something. I swear that he had mastered invisibility. Manners are important also, as it never hurts to tell a waiter that you are unfamiliar with something, but shouting "What's this stuff!" is a far cry from "I am unfamiliar with this..."

Love to hear others' experience.

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