Believe it or not, I've never been to an AYCE KBBQ place before. I decided to try one tonight (last night now, technically) with my kids. Of course, I searched CH before picking one, and we ended up going to Road to Seoul.
Everyone got AYCE, and I ordered pork belly, calf intestine, and baby octopus before realizing I had forgotten to get the pork neck meat. When I tried to add that to our order, the waitress said we could only order 3 meats at a time (perhaps because we were a party of 3, or maybe that's just the normal limit).
When the meats came out, the waitress either said she had "accidentally" or "mistakenly" (I can't remember, but she definitely used one of those two words) brought out some seasoned rib meat, and if I didn't want it she would send it back. Since I would have probably gotten some beef anyway as part of our second "wave" (with the much desired pork neck meat, and maybe more offal), I said it was fine to leave it.
I soon learned to regret that decision, however. After the three strips of pork belly and the other items I actually ordered were quickly consumed, and everyone had their fill of rib meat, I discovered that we had quite a ways to go before finishing the remaining, yet uncooked, rib meat that we hadn't order.
The kicker, of course, was that we couldn't order the pork neck meat or the other items we might have been interested in (whole squid, cow stomach, etc.) until we were finished with the rib meat, and by the time we had, we were all too full to order anything else.
The mild conspiracy theorist in me speculated that the "accidental/mistaken" rib meat was actually intentional, a way to get customers to fill up on meat with a lower ingredient cost for the restaurant so they couldn't order more of the higher ingredient cost items like the pork neck meat or seafood. Rather damning was the fact that the amount of rib meat we got really did seem to be much more than would be appropriate for a table of 3.
Now, before anyone jumps down my throat for accusing R2S of any wrongdoing, I will say that I wouldn't actually call this practice deceptive, were it intentional. I was given a choice to send it back, and I did choose to keep it, so I own that choice.
Rather, if intentional, I'd compare it to a car dealership selling undercoating or scotchgarding. It's not like the car doesn't benefit from it, but it's generally not worth the cost. Likewise, we did get to eat the rib meat, but if we had been able to make a more informed decision, we would have served our own interests better.
Anyway, to make a long story longer, after debating it with myself this evening, my gut says yes, it was intentional, but I thought I'd ask you veterans of R2S or other AYCE KBBQ: Has this ever happened to you, and, if so, how common is it?
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