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Does Courgette have a dress code? If so, I broke it

By cmdwedge - 21 July 2008 38

Visited the much-lauded Courgette restaurant on Saturday night, my second time there in just 3 months. When I arrived with my fiance and my father-in-law-to-be, I opened the doors for everyone and we got in from the freezing cold outside. The ‘greeter’ woman (whatever fancy restaurants call those people [ED – Maître de]) could not have looked down on me more.

I am usually a well-presented young man, and this night was not really much of an exception – nice shirt, nice jumper, leather shoes and… jeans. Clean ones, mind you, but jeans nevertheless. This woman looked me up and down, then basically stared daggers at my jeans.. before huffily asking ‘do you have a reservation?’ We did and had done so for a few weeks, so we were seated quickly and provided with the wine list.

After this rather nasty introduction to Courgette, the rest of the night went very well. The food was amazing and the service was impeccable. If only they didn’t put the most judgmental $40K/year woman at the door.

We noticed that several patrons that even also wore jeans, it wasn’t just me. Still, I was made to feel like dirt even though I was shelling out very good money for the evening.

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38 Responses to
Does Courgette have a dress code? If so, I broke it
gun street girl 5:04 pm 21 Jul 08

I think it’s implying that a French restaurant, by stereotypical convention, must show some requisite snootiness towards its patrons.

Pesty 5:03 pm 21 Jul 08

I think you’re meant tio say it with a heavy french accent… I think?

tylersmayhem 4:57 pm 21 Jul 08

Courgette is a French restaurant no?

Sorry…I’m still a bit stuck on this comment. What’s this comment supposed to mean?

cmdwedge 4:52 pm 21 Jul 08

Pesty said :

This post reminds me of when I took Mrs Pesty to the Indian Restaurant at Ngunawal (formerly kitchen of India) The food was passable, but the service was shocking, and the atmosphere bloody awful! no blinds on the window, so every time a car pulled up outside you felt like a roo in the headlamps! Between courses you were asked did you want clean cuttlery or would the other stuff do? Delivery of the food by a (non Indian) lad was with ‘Here” rather than “enjoy your meal”. Never again!

I’m a Ngunnawal’ian (Ngunnawalite? Ngunnawaler?) and have lived there for almost 4 years. That Kitchen of India place used to be INCREDIBLE – best Indian I’d ever eaten outside of the UK. I think that it changed hands or something a couple of years ago, because it went so very far downhill. The final straw was when my fiance drove by and placed an order one evening, for me to pick up 30 minutes later. I then drove over, and told them that I had to pick up an order ‘for Mrs Wedge’ and they asked for me to pay the full amount. My fiance had paid up front when she first placed the order in person, and it turns out that it was the same person at the front counter who took the order – dodgy. Best Indian in Canberra (in my limited experience) would now be Chalisa in Tuggers.

Pesty 4:47 pm 21 Jul 08

This post reminds me of when I took Mrs Pesty to the Indian Restaurant at Ngunawal (formerly kitchen of India) The food was passable, but the service was shocking, and the atmosphere bloody awful! no blinds on the window, so every time a car pulled up outside you felt like a roo in the headlamps! Between courses you were asked did you want clean cuttlery or would the other stuff do? Delivery of the food by a (non Indian) lad was with ‘Here” rather than “enjoy your meal”. Never again!

cmdwedge 4:46 pm 21 Jul 08

c` said :

cmdwedge, is that same ocau cmdwedge?

‘Tis I.

c` 4:43 pm 21 Jul 08

cmdwedge, is that same ocau cmdwedge?

c` 4:42 pm 21 Jul 08

cmdwedge: It’s natural to feel off put and it does spoil the impression, I agree. And I think you’re right to express your distaste, for what it’s worth.

Duke 4:41 pm 21 Jul 08

Sounds like the attitude is also French inspired cm. For inspiration you should check out a movie called ‘The Cook the Thief his Wife and her Lover.’ Next time you encounter rude service just adopt an Albert Spica persona.

Pesty 4:39 pm 21 Jul 08

Courgette is another name for a zuccini depends which country you’re in.

Beserk Warrior 4:30 pm 21 Jul 08

You’re really showing your age now Peter.

Which reminds me- when DO they plan on removing the Bobby McGees signage? As much as I get a kick out of re-living the time I copped a BJ in the old boat shed behind the DJ booth, every time I drive by the joint, it has to have been closed for a good 4-5 years now?!

cmdwedge 4:29 pm 21 Jul 08

c’: fair comment. I found it hard to not return the judgement upon the maitre de that she had laid upon me. Your point is well taken though.
duke: it’s not French per se (the menu is in English for a start!) but it’s certainly French-inspired.
peterh: besides the maitre de, the dining experience was divine. My fiance had the lamb and I got to have a piece – it was otherworldly! 🙂 Presentation and taste of the desserts was as good as I’ve had anywhere, ever.

peterh 4:23 pm 21 Jul 08

reminds me of the old dress code at bobby mcgees, number of times I saw people turned away for wearing jeans was amazing. (probably a few of them were staying at the lakeside, as guests) at other times, it was gender specific. if you were a young male, with clean, neat jeans, you were turned away, whilst watching young girls parading in with jeans that were ripped and dirty.

in this instance, the bad rap that you have given the restaurant (probably to your friends as well as on RA)for your first contact with the place won’t do them any good. Frontline personnel need to recognise that they are the lasting impression that the client will take away with them. If she had been pleasant, you would remember the service and food as a great experience.

sigh.

what a shame that this wasn’t another “go to courgette’s” for a great dining experience.

but then, it is all down to the greeting you receive when you walk into the place.

Duke 4:13 pm 21 Jul 08

Courgette is a French restaurant no?

c` 4:11 pm 21 Jul 08

What does having a 40K job and someone “just being a waitress” have to do with anything. Your treatment was wrong but that doesn’t make you somehow superior, does it?

Having stupid thoughts seems to cut both ways, yeah?

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