Last night I went out to dinner with a friend here in LA...we were driving around, trying to find a restaurant to go to and passed on a few because we didn't want to spend too much (75pp)...so we eventually made it back to a sushi bar I'd never been and always wanted to try...Jinpachi in WeHo.
Sat at the bar, and as is my custom, sort of nodded to the sushi chef to just serve us food...when my first course was three oysters three different ways I knew right away it was going to be a struggle to stay under 75.
We got probably 20 different pieces of sushi...and it was fantastic.
Yet, even though the chef was clearly marking off all the food on the sushi sheet, when the bill came it was exactly 110 pp. With tax and tip nearly double what we wanted to spend on the high side initially...such is life :)
This is not the first time this has happened to me...in fact, I'd say it happens more often than not, especially in the high end sushi places...of course, there is no way to really double check to see if I'm paying more or less than if I had ordered myself - I somehow think there is a 30-50% premium to not have to order each piece.
Anyone else have this experience, and is there really any solution?