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Topic # 228585 13-Jan-2018 10:32
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We bought a voucher for a popular Auckland Restaurant a few weeks ago. Today we called up to make a reservation and when enquiring as to their childrens menu was told that strictly children could not eat from the parents plates. 

 

Both our kids eat very little, and we usually find that a normal kids meal feeds both of them easily, or does if we share a little bit of our mains with them. 

 

I've never heard of such a rule, and wonder how they would police it anyway?

 

Anyone else come across this?

 

 


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  Reply # 1937960 13-Jan-2018 10:42
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Just order whatever meals you want delivered to the table - as long as the kids aren't climbing across the table or disrupting other diners, who cares what they eat.

 

If the restaurant makes a big song and dance about it, take your custom elsewhere (difficult I know with the voucher).


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  Reply # 1937962 13-Jan-2018 10:44
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I guess you may of been tarred with the look down the nose at you beacuse you "have a voucher"

 

 

 

I have not come across that before (have no children, but take our neices out to eat regulary with us)


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  Reply # 1937963 13-Jan-2018 10:45
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Bahahahaha good one trying to police that

 

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  Reply # 1937989 13-Jan-2018 10:48
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It's a common rule thing for buffet and things like that. Also common in places that serve large portions as a general no sharing rule. Ie; must buy one each.

'Rules' are usually explained by the wait staff. "Welcome to Wally's diner. We have a kids menu!" and then explaining that ordering is actually compulsory..

Not a quality establishment? ; )



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  Reply # 1937990 13-Jan-2018 10:50
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Yeah, look, I do understand restaurants would make more money if every diner orders a meal, but I can honestly say, no chance unless the courses are TINY that we couldn't feed our kids and us with 1 kids meal and 2 adult meals. We dine out a fair bit and our kids are mostly with us.

 

At the end of the day the voucher relates to an amount of food for an amount of money. 

 

I can see a potential issue that they could be concerned that we leave hungry or that the kids eat a portion of our meal that changes the flavour and we leave unsatisfied in some way, but I think that's a stretch...

 

 




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  Reply # 1937991 13-Jan-2018 10:51
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gzt: It's a common rule thing for buffet and things like that. Also common in places that serve large portions as a general no sharing rule. Ie; must buy one each.

'Rules' are usually explained by the wait staff. "Welcome to Wally's diner. We have a kids menu!" and then explaining that ordering is actually compulsory..

Not a quality establishment? ; )

 

It's a well known and generally well thought of establishment. We have eaten there before.


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  Reply # 1937992 13-Jan-2018 10:52
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Never seen it and quite a few times wife said to waitresses "I will just an entree size please" or "I will order a main and can we have an extra fork so we can share with [daughter]?"

 

Never saw anyone complaining about these requests. 

 

The only time I saw an "interesting restaurant rule" was at Taste. Not a cheap place as you can see on Zomato, and we were quite used to go there because we would walk from home at least once a week (no kids back then). One day we walked there and were not hungry so we requested "table for two please, we will just have some desserts." and the immediate reply from one of the owners was "no tea, no pudding" in his very British accent.

 

That was the last time we ever ventured into it. Never again and even after almost 20 years we still joke about it when walk past.







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I think we will just risk it and see what happens. 

 

I am happy to have a calm and reasoned discussion with the manager if there is an issue, but I can't see them making a fuss, even if they want to.

 

 


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  Reply # 1937995 13-Jan-2018 10:54
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If you order a meal then you should be able to give the food off your plate to who ever you dam well like

 

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  Reply # 1937996 13-Jan-2018 10:54
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freitasm:

 

Never seen it and quite a few times wife said to waitresses "I will just an entree size please" or "I will order a main and can we have an extra fork so we can share with [daughter]?"

 

Never saw anyone complaining about these requests. 

 

 

 

 

Same. 

 

One of the best things about dining out is sharing dishes (Though dishes at some restaurants don't lend themselves to that well for good reasons), though I have been told a couple of times at nicer restaurants they discourage it. 


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Maybe order the kids an adult meal each and parents then pick from their plate? :P




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  Reply # 1938000 13-Jan-2018 10:56
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I completely understand discount places and buffets where it's obviously designed around charging per adult such as buffet. We would never do it in that situation. 


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  Reply # 1938026 13-Jan-2018 11:25
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that would be like buying at TV and the warehouse saying "only you can watch it".

 

 

 

im sorry, but no, if you pay for food its your bloody food to do with what you like.


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  Reply # 1938028 13-Jan-2018 11:29
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marlinz: I guess you may of been tarred with the look down the nose at you beacuse you "have a voucher"

Some of these vouchers have a list of small print conditions a mile long..

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  Reply # 1938039 13-Jan-2018 11:34
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networkn:

I completely understand discount places and buffets where it's obviously designed around charging per adult such as buffet. We would never do it in that situation. 


Sorry if that came across the wrong way. I didn't intend to suggest otherwise. I thought of in the same category of restaurant dining rules.

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