Mortons in Singapore has good food and there I have no reservations whatsoever.
However, what do you Honourable Chowhounds all over the world think of staff who use verbal warfare techniques to coerce tips out of diners when a mandatory 10% ia already added to the bill in the Switzerland of Asia that is Singapore? Surely, any extra tip is at the total and voluntary discretion of the diner. It is our right to give as much or as little as we wish whether the servcie is good or bad. The quality of the service is IRRELEVANT. I strongly believe waiters have NO right to use insinuations like, "Are you happy with my service? Did I do anything wrong?" These are all verbal warfare extralegal techniques to imply that the diner is a lousy tipper or even a ignorant philistine who does not appreciate good service. In actuality it is the pot calling the kettle black for who are you to use negative and unpleasant insinuations to get more tips for yourself. Many years ago, I was a waiter myself and I am honoured to say, I never did any such thing which all my loyal guests appreciated very much. In the good ol' USA, tipping is the norm and I have absolutely no quarrel with that or should I say, I have no beef with that. Respectfully and inoffensively, I hope all our Chowhound buddies will take a few minutes to address this issue. I respect all your opinions and would love to see a lively discussion on the net. Go to Mortons in Singapore yourself and see what happens if you dine and pay just the mandatory 10% without any additional tip to your server.... You may be pleasantly or unpleasantly suprised.......
Chowhounds of the world unite, we have nothing to lose but our TEETH!
By Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet who is a renowned Travel, Food & Wine Writer/ Editor /Consultant based in Asia