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What to do when the restaurant's out of your budget?


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What to do when the restaurant's out of your budget?

babybat | Oct 13, 2007 10:38 AM

Wonder if anyone has any input on this matter - I have a friend who's a great foodie, just like myself, and she's suggested a dinner date. The place she's suggested specialises in high-end, Heston Blumenthal-esque food, and they're promoting their tasting menu with wine pairings. Trouble is, this'd come to about £75, excluding tip ($150 at the current rate) which is really out of my league, and tbh it's not my preferred style of cooking. She's a good friend, and I want to be able to say "I can't really afford this, so why don't we go for drinks/eat somewhere cheaper", but I know she'll offer to treat me, and that would make me feel awkward. She earns much more than I do, but I don't want this to be an issue in our friendship. Any advice on how I can politely excuse myself without sounding like the poor relation, or like I'm asking her to pay for me?

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