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Is this becoming a new normal?

Had a lovely Christmas dinner at Wolfgang's Steakhouse last night. We each started with a salad. When we were finished, the busser came and asked if he could clear the plates, and we said yes.

He then proceeded to also take away the bread basket and butter, and clear our table of bread crumbs, before our main dish arrived.

My first instinct was to ask him to leave the bread, but when I considered the amount of food we ordered, I thought better of it--why fill up on more bread when we have a delicious Porterhouse on the way?

Well, there was so much juice left on the platter, I had to ask for bread a short time later to soak up the juices.

Normally I would assume the busser was new and didn't know to leave the bread until after we finished the main course. However, this is the second time this has happened to me in a month. Coincidence or the new normal?

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  1. Yes same thing happen to me at Melisse. But if you ask they will keep refilling the basket.

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    1. re: wienermobile

      Interesting. I've never had that experience at Melisse (my favorite L.A. restaurant), but it's been about a year since I've been there.

    2. If they tried to grab the bread from my wife they'd be drawing back a stump in place of their hand.

      1. It's proper for the bread to be removed from the table, but there should be no issue asking for additional bread to accompany the meal if it is necessary.

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        1. re: redips

          yup. but feel free to ask to have it left.

        2. Hmmm. In all the "better" restaurants we go to it is SOP to remove the bread basket prior to the meal. The bread is usually meant to be short term filler/nibble and not a condiment or side to the entree. However I see no issue if someone asked for more or to leave it.

          The only place I can think of that leaves the bread, and constantly refills the basket for that matter, is a small, casual red sauce Italian place. Even with all the pasts most people use the bread to soak up their wonderful sauces.

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          1. re: foodieX2

            "Bread is meant to be a nibble and not a side to the entree"---really? People have been using bread to sop up meat juices for centuries. That is officious nonsense.

            1. re: Querencia

              very little about "fine dining" service isn't "officious nonsense"

          2. This has never happened to me. I would consider it Very Strange.