If you don’t like your food, would you tell the waiter?

Dinner at Hog’s Breath Cafe in Chijmes. The Goonfather ordered a beer. I ordered a Virgin Mary.

I think he got shortchanged. Hahaha. How often do you see a mug of beer shorter than a Virgin Mary?

(For the record, I wasn’t being coy ordering a Virgin Mary. I just didn’t want to go to acting class tipsy.)

Okay, I’m not going to talk about the food or anything like that because you know I hate doing reviews unless I think something is really, really worth reviewing.

Let’s just say the food was satisfactory but I won’t go back again.

And I hope that waiters eventually learn that it’s very disconcerting for diners to have their meals interrupted every 15 minutes to be asked, “How are you enjoying your food, sir?”

Honestly, must they do that?

In the one hour we were there, we were asked that question four times by three different servers.

I asked the Goonfather, “Do you like your food?”

“Yeah, it’s not bad,” he said.

I asked again, “If you didn’t like your food, would you tell the waiter?”

“Nah, their question is just a formality. They don’t really expect you to say anything negative.”

Is that so?

Are people weird, or what? Why ask questions you don’t mean asking? Why say things you don’t mean saying?

People, stop being weird!! I can’t get used to it!

I want to go back to my own planet.


Now, don’t think I don’t appreciate friendliness and good service. I assume that waiters ask that question to provide better service. Maybe to let you know they’re there to help you if you need extra butter or cutlery or postcards.

And maybe some diners actually like being asked how they’re enjoying their food every 15 minutes. (Totally weird, people!)

So I’m not, like, complaining or anything. I’m just saying it’s weird. And disconcerting. I really just want to be left in peace to enjoy a romantic meal with my partner without having to periodically engage in conversation with restaurant staff.

I usually don’t tell the truth even when I think the food sucks. The most I would do is smile at the waiter and say, “It’s not bad.” I don’t want to be rude lah, and, honestly, it’s not the waiter’s fault if the food is bad.

But every time they ask me that question, I’m tempted to tell the truth when the food is really bad. But it’s not in my nature to be outwardly negative. So I would really like it if waiters stopped asking that question altogether.

Is that too much to ask?