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    I was in kaikoura new Zealand for a holiday with my parents, wife and 2 sons.we booked a table for 6 for dinner.it,s an award winning restaurant and prices were not cheap but we were willing to pay.main course was an average of nz$35 onwards.
    When we arrived, the restaurant was empty. Just another 2 tables occupied.the captain who serve us asked if we wanted wine...I said no thanks cos I can,t drink but instead we ordered coffee and juices for my son...immediately he wasn,t too happy..I guess wine will earned him more..
    After we had our dinner, he showed us the dessert menu..nothing special about their dessert( pancake with ice cream cost nz$18.) my wife said since nothing really special, we deceived not to order them.
    Guess what? The captain came over to me and said to me... You can get cheaper ice cream outside...
    I just smiled at him and not making a scene, I paid and left..
    My question is....is that the way an award winning restaurant treat their guests.whether the guest can afford to eat or not is none of his business.u must not tell your guest where to have his dessert.was he trying to be insulting?
    Guess what....I didn,t leave him with any tips since he thinks that I can,t afford.
    Last edited by Kopiseesiewtai; 4th April 2011 at 06:20 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kopiseesiewtai
    I was in kaikoura new Zealand for a holiday with my parents, wife and 2 sons.we booked a table for 6 for dinner.it,s an award winning restaurant and prices were not cheap but we were willing to pay.main course was an average of nz$35 onwards.
    When we arrived, the restaurant was empty. Just another 2 tables occupied.the captain who serve us asked if we wanted wine...I said no thanks cos I can,t drink but instead we ordered coffee and juices for my son...immediately he wasn,t too happy..I guess wine will earned him more..
    After we had our dinner, he showed us the dessert menu..nothing special about their dessert( pancake with ice cream cost nz$18.) my wife said since nothing really special, we deceived not to order them.
    Guess what? The captain came over to me and said to me... You can get cheaper ice cream outside...
    I just smiled at him and not making a scene, I paid and left..
    My question is....is that the way an award winning restaurant treat their guests.whether the guest can afford to eat or not is none of his business.u must not tell your guest where to have his dessert.was he trying to be insulting?
    Guess what....I didn,t leave him with any tips since he thinks that I can,t afford.
    well that would explain why there aren't many people eating there. I for one do not trust good food guides anymore as they can be a bit deceiving. hope your trip to nz wasn't badly affected following this incident.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kopiseesiewtai View Post
    ... my wife said since nothing really special, we deceived not to order them.
    May I also know if the conversation between you and your wife (about the dessert) was audible to the staff?
    Last edited by sk8; 5th April 2011 at 05:45 PM.

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    Definitely the conversation between my wife and me was very soft....like I said that when I didn,t want to order any wine was already a bad start...I just felt sorry for the captain cos I think they are very closed up in their own shell and not knowing what is happening to the outside world.I believed that probably he has never stepped out of his own town..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kopiseesiewtai
    I was in kaikoura new Zealand for a holiday with my parents, wife and 2 sons.we booked a table for 6 for dinner.it,s an award winning restaurant and prices were not cheap but we were willing to pay.main course was an average of nz$35 onwards.
    When we arrived, the restaurant was empty. Just another 2 tables occupied.the captain who serve us asked if we wanted wine...I said no thanks cos I can,t drink but instead we ordered coffee and juices for my son...immediately he wasn,t too happy..I guess wine will earned him more..
    After we had our dinner, he showed us the dessert menu..nothing special about their dessert( pancake with ice cream cost nz$18.) my wife said since nothing really special, we deceived not to order them.
    Guess what? The captain came over to me and said to me... You can get cheaper ice cream outside...
    I just smiled at him and not making a scene, I paid and left..
    My question is....is that the way an award winning restaurant treat their guests.whether the guest can afford to eat or not is none of his business.u must not tell your guest where to have his dessert.was he trying to be insulting?
    Guess what....I didn,t leave him with any tips since he thinks that I can,t afford.
    Sometimes, (not saying this was the case) when the Aussies and Kiwis talk, they sound like they're not happy or that they've got a grudge. But really thats the way they talk. It's probable that he meant well by telling you (truthfully) that the ice-cream really is cheaper outside.

    But on the other hand, there are some of them that really hate Chinese people. It's nothing personal. They just feel insecure that the Chinese are all over the place. They don't even care if you're not from China.

    One time, I was in a casino conversing with my mum I'm Mandarin. One Aussie girl remarked loudly to herself "speak English when you're in Australia" was I pissed off? You bet. But can I blame her when some people still go around with their bogan customs?

    It doesn't apply to all, but I just wouldn't be surprised. Don't take it too hard.
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    i believe this is due to a conflict in culture... it's perhaps their culture to have wine served and also deserts after the main course... however to most Singaporean families we dont have wine together with our food... hence it's nothing but a misunderstanding of each other's culture, move on and forget...

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