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Syros Manipulation


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Syros Manipulation

Dan Sonenberg | Jul 31, 2001 11:04 PM

Had dinner at Syros tonight with two friends. The food was fine - nothing exceptional, but fresh fish, fresh calamari with a very eh tomato sauce (they were much better when dipped in tzaziki) a big Greek salad and lemon potatoes.

I thought I ordered perfectly for the three of us: Tzaziki and fried calamari appetizer, then one whole Red Snapper, a large Greek Salad, and lemon potatoes for the main course. I should add that my dinner companions were two rather slim women - not bears like me. I ordered a beer, and my two guests had only water.

Well, the charming waitress came back and whispered to me confidentially that the Chef thinks this won't be enough food for the three of us, and that he has two very small very fresh pink snappers - maybe the size of one big one. (She mentioned here that it would cost $40, which I didn't really want to spend, but she said it in a tone that was irrefutable). Okay, fine. As we ate the copious portion of calamari I became aware that this might indeed be too much food.

Meanwhile, I finished my beer, and the waitress asked if I wanted another. I said no thank you. 30 seconds later she's there with the maitre d' and a cold one "on the house." Immediately upon presenting it, they both tore into my friends: "wouldn't you like a drink?" They felt more or less compelled to say yes, and each ordered a beer.

The main course arrived. Two really enormous pink snappers. I'm talking huge. I removed the bones and the heads and was faced with just this pile of fish meat, which as I mentioned above was fine - nothing out of this world. Along with the huge salad, we didn't even manage to knock off one of them. When the waitress asked how the meal was I said "it's much too much!" She smiled and said "no problem, you take it home!"

Well, by the end we felt completely manipulated into ordering things we didn't want, certainly because our tab was probably too modest. They tried to make us feel ultra special - service with a smile and whispered confidences - and were entirely unconcerned that they steered us away from the perfect order into one that was far too big.

I won't be returning.

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