Prix Fixe question: ordering an extra app instead of dessert
- free sample addict aka Tracy L Oct 19, 2012 08:42 PM
I usually enjoy a prix fixe meal, but I am not a huge fan of dessert. Is it a faux pas asking for an additional similarly priced app instead of a dessert? Of course I wouldn't want it as a dessert course, the main course would be the last course.
Starters and desserts are usually priced fairly similarly on most menus, so there's no financial reason why a restaurant wouldnt want to accommodate you with their set menu. Why not just ask the server.
I would expect this to vary widely from restaurant to restaurant.
In Europe, you can usually order two courses, with it being your choice of starter+main or main+dessert.
(we sometimes split it - one orders starter+main, the other orders main+dessert, then we split the starter and dessert)
A little off subject but: We were at an "all inclusive" resort in the Carribean last year (not by choice).
At the "Fancy French" restaurant I ordered a salad and soup. The server said, "sorry, you can have soup or salad but not both." My head started spinning.
"What does all inclusive mean?" Blank stare.
After a long debate with the manager I got my way. WTH???
This reminds me of a Dennis the Menace cartoon from the early 60s:
Dennis is running a lemonade stand with a sign that says: "Lemonade 5 cents, All you can drink" Mr. Wilson buys a glass and asks for a refill, Dennis refuses. Mr. Wilson says "the signs says 'All you can drink"
Dennis replies: "I say, that's all you can drink!"
There's no such thing as a free lunch. From experience I've found that 'all inclusives' either get by with inferior food, limit which courseds you can order, OR the more costly items disappear in the first 5 minutes and you're told , sorry it's all gone.
Making 25 portions of filet when there are 300 for dinner, makes the menu look good but alienates the guests. There's only so many nights of pasta and chicken guests will put up with even with all the cheap wine and beer.
That's been my experience. All inclusive is never my choice but:
With corporate gatherings the companies always pick all inclusive places to keep things simple. There are also so many people that love "all you can eat and drink."
For so many inexperienced American travelers all inclusive and cruises are "safe". No decisions to make and even when the resort is in a foreign country it's a well guarded compound.
Exactly the opposite of what we want when we travel.