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Feb 7, 2007 01:00 PM

"Ladies Menu": no prices on it -- where do you see it?

In Paris, at Le Cinq, I had a first-in-a-lifetime experience. eta: this was a few weeks ago i.e. January 2007

While discussing the menu and our choices with my husband, I noticed that he was being weird as I was babbling on about the truffle appetizer. I finally figured out why my menu looked funny -- there were no prices on it. So, I leaned over to whisper to my husband "do you have prices on your menu?" He looked at me like I had two heads "err, yeah, why?" I showed him mine & we both, after a moment of stunned silence, burst out laughing. Anyhow, of course I would get no prices on the one menu that had a E120 appetizer?!

who knew this still happened? are you all seeing this anywhere around you?

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  1. It was a long time ago in Montreal at the Bonaventure Hotel. They had a good restaurant (70's) over looking their winter garden and roof top pool. My menu came with a long stemmed rose and no prices. My DH and I switched before making decisions.

    1. Those are called 'blind menus', and are less common now than they once were. IIRC, the whole idea of blind menus is based on the assumption that the man would be paying and would therefore need to know what the prices were, but the distaff partner need not worry her pretty little head over such mundane issues as menu item costs.

      My mom once made a quiet but firm scene in a restaurant (ca 1970, I think) when she received a blind menu.

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      1. re: ricepad

        Why make a scene? Just switch with the other party.

        I often see servers returning the bill envelope with credit card slip to my husband, even though the card is clearly marked "Denise." We just laugh about it.

        1. re: Covert Ops

          Why? Because it was based on a sexist assumption.

          1. re: Covert Ops

            Because it was the 70's. "We are women hear us roar."

        2. My experience was in the mid 80s at a restaurant on top of a hotel in Providence RI. We were high school kids on a college tour. 4 teenage boys, 2 teenage girls and a 20-something teacher. Only the boys got menus with prices, even though the teacher was the one paying.

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          1. I usually only see those by request these days (to make a guest feel comfortable ordering whatever they like without thinking about prices), although I suppose it was more common in the past.

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            1. re: sidwich

              Yes. My mom cannot enjoy a meal if she thinks it costs too much, so I ask the restaurant if they have a blind menu for her. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don't. Funny that I don't have a problem enjoying the meal if it costs a lot...

            2. I've been to restaurants where they had "blind" menus, but not gender related. I think it makes the diner feel more posh as if they don't have to worry about the prices, kind of like shopping without looking at the tags (one can dream). There was place in Toronto in the location where Beerbistro is now, Zoom, which had these menus. I seem to recall having these menus at Canoe as well.

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              1. re: pescatarian

                Zoom had them??? what occasion brough them out? or brings them out at Canoe - probably client dining there, eh?