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Mayflower and why do waiters over-sell?

Judith Hurley | Aug 15, 200401:32 PM

We took a group of friends to the Mayflower in Milpitas Square last night. Good food, lots of fun. We ordered four appetizers, one soup and six entrees for eight people. The waiter insisted that we double every order, on the grounds that we wouldn't have enough food. As the dishes began to appear, it was clear that we would have to cancel half our order. I've had this happen several times in various different kinds of restaurants where food is served "family style."

I really should know better . . . it's easier to order more than to cancel an order, and it's more fun to have a little taste of a lot of things, but I have to wonder what the waiter was thinking. Is this a way to get money out of the "tourists" or is it an honest misunderstanding of intentions?

Incidentally, the oysters in black bean sauce were spectacular. I've never seen oysters like the ones they served . . . they were huge, like as big as a half chicken breast. You could have used the shells as little dishes. Some among us found it off-putting, but I dove in and thought they were wonderfully flavorful and cooked to perfection.

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