This was the recent scenario involving a Sydney fine dining establishment and a friend's father. He is very much a meat and three veg man and ordered the carpaccio of beef. He figured any type of beef would be safe until the moment the raw beef slices were placed in front of him. I admit, he did attempt to eat it but it simply wasn't his thing. The result was he ended up paying $45 + for a meal he didn't like and didn't eat.
There is also the other possibility that you are quite sure you know what you are ordering and it turns out you were actually thinking cannelloni not cannoli... Easily avoidable you say? Just ask the waiter? Well why do so many people refuse to ask? Is it because they feel silly asking, don't want to be embarrassed in front of their PIE's (partner in eating) or just don't want the condescending reply from the wait staff?
Any person who works in a restaurant will be more than happy to explain the menu to you. They will not think any less of you for asking, and if they do- they have not been trained very well so have no reason to sneer. I admit, there are occasions where I don't want to ask either, but am always relieved when I do- especially when I was way off track. I usually suffer comments flying at me from me pies- the inevitable 'I thought you knew everything about food' and questions are usually directed at me by other Pie's don't know what they are in for. Sometimes I know the answer, sometimes I don't. Point being-No one should have to suffer through some hideous concoction of sweetbreads when all they wanted was some sweet bread. Moral of the story- ASK PEOPLE. And if you are still too shy to ask- just google the bloody menu before you go!
In the spirit of not-knowing most and wanting to know more I am going to introduce an A-Z of Gastronomy segment on my blog. This will happen maybe once a week, maybe once a month- just whenever I come across a new gastronomic word and feel the need to share. The stories behind the terms/food may also intrigue you as they do me- in any case- I'm going to share them.
So tell me- Have you had any mortifyingly embarrassing experience that have resulted with you ordering something you would have rather not known existed? Do you have any terms that you find fascinating or want to know more about? Let me know!