Chowhound Presents: Table Talk with Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh of Sweet: Desserts from London's Ottolenghi | Ask Your Questions Now ›

Restaurants & Bars


asking waitstaff


Restaurants & Bars 19

asking waitstaff

Henry | Jul 30, 2001 09:07 PM

In answer to the post that DF wrote about his waiter's suggestions about his and his wife's main courses at G.T. I can only ask, Why? In other words, why does anyone have to ask the waitstaff what they should order? Preparation, yes, but you should make the final choice. After all, as chowhounds we should all be able to do that. The waitstaff has no idea what your likes and dislikes are. I never fail to cringe when we dine out with friends and they ask waitstaff, "should I order the duck or the steak (or whatever) or better yet, what is better and what would you order."? I, and I hope that most of us order what WE would like to eat at that particular time and in that particular restaurant and not what a waitstaff suggests we should eat just to be polite. After all, what suddenly makes them food critics and to begin with,they most likely haven't a clue what most of the items on the menu tastes like. Why else do we go to a restaurnat but for the excitement to choose what we would like to eat and afterwards pat ourselves on the back for having chosen so well. That is what we did when we left G.T. and hope to do it many more times both there and elsewhere.

Want to stay up to date with this post?

Recommended From Chowhound