Admittedly, we own some restaurants, so this is closer to home than for most. But we are currently at a seaside location and went to the clubhouse of the resort for some free internet. Upon sitting down at the lounge, Mrs. MM said that we have to order something, to help use up a consumable amount for the quarter… so without really thinking, the Teen ordered some nachos and I got a Diet Coke. The nachos arrived, a tiny serving of say 15 chips, with some liquid cheese squirted over them (and cold,not hot at all) and some chopped bland tomatoes sprinkled on top. Pathetic really. So I looked at the menu and was shocked to see they cost PHP380 for this order. That’s highway robbery! Perhaps PHP25 cost of ingredients, for PHP380! But worse, we noticed a standee on our table that proudly announced “Three Ice Cold Beers AND nachos for PHP300”!!! So I asked the nice server if the nachos was the same serving as the freebie, and she said “yes”, so I asked that our order be changed to the one with the free beers, and to make a short story shorter, they agreed. So instead of PHP380 for the nachos, I now have 3 cold beers to take home, the Teen had her nachos, and we only got charged PHP300! And that’s still about PHP100 cost, so a markup of 3x, which is normal for these kinds of places… Yipes, who makes up these deals?!? :)
Meanwhile, had a fabulous, fabulous Sinigang na Talakitok at Bayabas for lunch and some terrific barbecued shrimp. More on that in the days ahead. Have a good weekend!