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Strong perfumes and dining, continuation from SF Board....

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Strong perfumes and dining, continuation from SF Board....

susancinsf | Dec 18, 2005 02:28 PM

Oakland Barb posted on a dining experience at a favorite upscale restaurant in SF, Myth, where she ended up with a migraine after being seated next to someone with very strong perfume...

anyway, perhaps we are already spoiled in CA (since we don't have to worry about smoking), but it really does ruin a dining experience for me to be seated next to someone wearing strong perfume. Indeed, I wonder if it didn't impact Oakland Barb's, since she was not very enthusiastic about the food (though most posts have been positive) and said she ended up the evening with a migraine...

In any event, several of us advised her that she should have asked to have been moved. She did say that she thought it would have difficult on a Saturday night...

This is *exactly* why I thought she should have told the server (or host) exactly why she wanted to be moved! I think restaurants need to be aware that patrons think this is indeed a problem to be taken seriously, so they can address it. Of course, not sure how they can address it: do they refuse to seat someone, or do they seat them far from anyone else?

Anyway, had it been me, I would have insisted on being moved. If the restaurant had said that they couldn't accomodate me I would either have gone elsewhere or cut the dinner short. After all, Myth and restaurants of its ilk are *not* cheap, and the whole reason for eating there is to enjoy the food and wine. If you can't taste it, what is the point?

Thoughts?

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