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Kika Tapas - decent chow and a chow service question

Bob Dobalina | May 20, 2012 03:51 AM

Ended up here this weekend (every place seemed packed last night, owing to the good weather) -

Sat at the bar and had pintxos of the Brazilian cheese breads (excellent), anchovies (excellent, if you happen to like anchovies), and the octopus (good).

Also ordered patatas bravas (good, would have preferred spicier), marinated artichokes (excellent) and broiled garlic shrimp (Ok).

We would definitely order the "excellents" again.

The bartender was a blur, making all drinks for the entire show. Food for each round arrived together - none of service issues noted in the original post.

Drinks were good - sangria (on tap) and a bourbon-cocktail with sage, cherry syrup? and ginger beer which tasted like a sangria/bourbon mash-up to me - I would order it again.


So here's the question:

We ordered the veggie and cheese-rolled eggplant for the second round - the bartender lauds them as his favorite - that's great.
A minute later he apologizes and says they are out of them, so we sub in the shrimp.
When the food comes, our three ordered items are served, but then out comes an order of the eggplant.
Turns out there was one more order left, says the bartender. Ok, great, more food than we wanted at this point, but it's here.
Check comes and we have been charged for the eggplant.

So, this is a little annoying. I should have been presented the option of ordering the 4th dish, once the substitution was made - not just given to me and charged for it. And it might have been presented as if it was comped, although those words were never uttered.

I have been going back and forth, and I am pretty sure this was done on-purpose, perhaps because my DW did not order a second round. Was this a move to up the tab/tip?

Also, what would you have done, when presented with the now-unwanted dish? Send it back? Ask if it was comped?

It seems pretty short-sighted to pull this for an extra $10 on the tab?

I was hoping more knowledgeable hounds would weigh in.

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