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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.

Remember love, you’re just a waitress.

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Holden Caulfield 12:47 am 02 Aug 08

Got irony?

b boy 070 10:45 pm 01 Aug 08

want to wear jeans, got to zeffirellis. I just think you are paranoid, because with your attire you probably stood out like dogs balls. I definately would impose dress code if i operated a high end establishment. I would want to eliminate the phillestines!

Footloose 10:03 pm 24 Jul 08

Dressing up to go to a restaurant may seem old hat but does have a purpose. You dont want to make those who have taken the time and effort to look nice feel stoopid, do you?
Nothing wrong with looking nice and putting in some effort. The trick is to know where your going and dress appropriately.
I do believe, however, that if some one comes underdressed to any function that you shouldnt chastise or judge them on their appearance. . If you want people to dress top shelf, you have to treat them top shelf; no exceptions. They’ll figure out the social graces in their own time.
Nothing worse than a judgemental Maitre de. We once left a shitty restaurant 5 minutes after being seated because the owner treated us like 3 year olds when one of our guests turned up without a collar/with jeans and one girl wore thongs (she had a broken foot and it was the middle of summer). It was a birthday party and a booking for 10 peeps. pathetic; We hit ’em where it hurts, right in their money bags.

Someone_else 8:53 pm 24 Jul 08

FredJ said :

If you want to dress up please yourself. I have to be togged up 9-5 so want to relax outside of work…dressing for restaurants died sometime in the 1970’s didn’t it?

I don’t know, I wasn’t around in those days! 🙂 But when I go to an “upmarket” restaurant I take the time to look my best – I also have to dress smart for work, but there is a difference between work and evening wear.

ant 8:49 pm 22 Jul 08

We used to wander down the the Boathouse for family feeds. we didn’t exactly wear trackies or jeans but we didn’t dress up much either, and got attitude one night from some 21 year old “maitre d” (he wasn’t), in a shiny polyester suit in puce or green that didn’t even fit him (AND it had front pleats in the trousers, ick). I thought it was sad that this idiot didn’t connect that a family ambling in for dinner and not dressing up and not batting an eyelid at the prices said something.

Anyway, we didn’t bother with it any more after that. The food wasn’t that great (then) and watching the birds head back to the wetlands at sunset was nice but not that nice.

Doctor Evil 6:37 pm 22 Jul 08

Duke said :

I sympathise FredJ but standards of dress are dropping fast. Jeans to a restaurant are ok but those fluro shirts and vests seem to be popping up everywhere. They should be banned indoors. My temper rises and my retinas ache when I go into a supposedly classy place and see a fluro shirt propping up the bar.

Get used to it Duke, HiVis is the new flannelette…….

el 6:24 pm 22 Jul 08

Your fly wasn’t undone, was it? Could explain the look she gave you.

Bungle 6:20 pm 22 Jul 08

How do you know what she was thinking? She might have been looking at your jeans thinking ‘Hey I’ve got a pair just like that’ or ‘he’s got a big stain down the side and he doesn’t know it’.

Duke 5:50 pm 22 Jul 08

I sympathise FredJ but standards of dress are dropping fast. Jeans to a restaurant are ok but those fluro shirts and vests seem to be popping up everywhere. They should be banned indoors. My temper rises and my retinas ache when I go into a supposedly classy place and see a fluro shirt propping up the bar.

peterh 5:42 pm 22 Jul 08

FredJ said :

Someone_else said :

I think people should dress up a bit more when they go to restaurants, especially ones where they are paying $200+. Everyone is too casual these days.

If you want to dress up please yourself. I have to be togged up 9-5 so want to relax outside of work…dressing for restaurants died sometime in the 1970’s didn’t it?

tell that to my wife.

FredJ 4:53 pm 22 Jul 08

Someone_else said :

I think people should dress up a bit more when they go to restaurants, especially ones where they are paying $200+. Everyone is too casual these days.

If you want to dress up please yourself. I have to be togged up 9-5 so want to relax outside of work…dressing for restaurants died sometime in the 1970’s didn’t it?

jakez 4:18 pm 22 Jul 08

Beserk Warrior said :

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?!

Oh I thought it had closed down but the signage had given me hope that it still lived on.

sigh. So many good memories.

Someone_else 4:00 pm 22 Jul 08

I think people should dress up a bit more when they go to restaurants, especially ones where they are paying $200+. Everyone is too casual these days.

cmdwedge 2:35 pm 22 Jul 08

vg said :

So you

a) Went to a restaurant
b) Got looked at funny by a waitress
c) Then had a stock standard restaurant experience after that..

Yeah, really big stuff and worthy of note!
Jeebus……get a life. Someone looked at me funny in Sydney when I wore a Brumbies cap, maybe I should put that to paper

You were not paying over $200 for the experience. I was. If I’m paying that sort of cash, I don’t want just decent food, I demand good food and equivalent service.

vg 9:42 am 22 Jul 08

So you

a) Went to a restaurant
b) Got looked at funny by a waitress
c) Then had a stock standard restaurant experience after that..

Yeah, really big stuff and worthy of note!
Jeebus……get a life. Someone looked at me funny in Sydney when I wore a Brumbies cap, maybe I should put that to paper

peterh 9:19 am 22 Jul 08

Pandy said :

Bobbies is still open sort of.

but nothing like it was….

Pandy 8:01 pm 21 Jul 08

Bobbies is still open sort of.

Pesty 5:48 pm 21 Jul 08

peterh said :

Pesty said :

gun street girl said :

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

One should never allow the likes of me into such a joint! The temptation to “extract the urine” from monseur or madam snootass would be to great i’m afraid. (pardon the french)

no, I don’t think I can….

Bugger i only speak three languages, and frog is not one of them!

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