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How bad can a lemon chicken be?

johnboy 1 June 2009 63

The Canberra Times has the curious case of Gordon’s Mark Wood who’s suing the Lanyon Valley Chinese Restaurant seeking $128,877 for a dodgy lemon chicken he claims they delivered the effects of which are still, he claims, being felt.

The company owning the restaurant is adopting a Bart Simpson defence:

    In papers filed to the court, the Wings Company Limited, which owned the Lanyon Valley Chinese Restaurant in 2006, denies delivering the food to Mr Wood’s house, denies that there was anything wrong with its meals, or that the plaintiff suffered any ill affects from eating its food.

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trix trix 11:13 pm 06 Jun 09

Urk, recommending the slop at the Lyneham Chinese place? I seriously haven’t had a worse meal in my entire life… and I’ve had the sausage sarnies in Trafalgar Square at 2am, and “kebabs” elsewhere in London after serious nights at the pub.

Honestly, the worst “Chinese” food I’ve had in my entire life was there, and no, while authentic is nice sometimes, I’m not expecting it from the local chopshop. I do expect an edible chicken fried rice though. I can’t remember what my companion ordered, but it was not recognisable as food.

deezagood deezagood 2:05 pm 02 Jun 09

Yes – that is too true igglepiggle, and as I said, it is, indeed, a lovely place to dine locally.

Igglepiggle Igglepiggle 1:43 pm 02 Jun 09

I haven’t been to Vichans. I can’t see how any place that does 8 or so “cuisines” can do any of them well.
As for the Thai, I am comparing it to other outer suburban outlets. Sure, its not as good as what I used to eat in Newtown during the uni days, but when the competition is Kingsleys, Dominos etc, they are a shining light in the valley.

deezagood deezagood 12:26 pm 02 Jun 09

Ewwwww!

misspris misspris 12:21 pm 02 Jun 09

Do you mean the Punjabi Hut at Erindale or is there a new place at Lanyon? We were so excited about the Erindale Indian place, as the original Punjabi Hut in Queanbeyan was worth crossing the border for (cheap, excellent food etc…). It was no where near as good; both food quality and price-wise.

No, this place isn’t a restaurant so much as a takeaway (Vichan’s World Cuisine). They have a bit of everything – Indian, Italian, take your pick. It’s where that pizza shop was (the one near Corks Liquor) that my kids called Fat Pizza. If the health inspectors went anywhere near this joint I reckon their days would be numbered. It’s gross.

Ian Ian 11:53 am 02 Jun 09

so essentially we should all eat bland tasteless food to cater for the lowest common denominator?

That market is already well catered to – its called McDonalds (and KFC, Hungry Jacks’, Dominos, etc)

deezagood deezagood 11:26 am 02 Jun 09

misspris said :

It’s funny Miss Misspris, but I nearly wrote a review of our meal, but decided not to as I felt that the place had only just started up and deserved a settling in period. The staff were lovely (really lovely), the decor is gorgeous, the ambience is soothing, our kids were made to feel very welcome, the service was fantastic and I feel that the place is a welcome addition to the Lanyon area. I am not going to talk about the calibre of the Thai food though, until I go again and see if there has been any improvement. My husband and I are Thai aficionados and frankly, I was extremely disappointed.

It’s not the best Thai food I’ve ever eaten I’ll admit, although it wasn’t dreadful by any means. I’m just happy for ANY new restaurant out our way to be honest. A good Indian restaurant would be a bonus – have you been to that horror round near High Country Meats? Now there’s an accident waiting for a place to happen!

Do you mean the Punjabi Hut at Erindale or is there a new place at Lanyon? We were so excited about the Erindale Indian place, as the original Punjabi Hut in Queanbeyan was worth crossing the border for (cheap, excellent food etc…). It was no where near as good; both food quality and price-wise.

misspris misspris 10:55 am 02 Jun 09

It’s funny Miss Misspris, but I nearly wrote a review of our meal, but decided not to as I felt that the place had only just started up and deserved a settling in period. The staff were lovely (really lovely), the decor is gorgeous, the ambience is soothing, our kids were made to feel very welcome, the service was fantastic and I feel that the place is a welcome addition to the Lanyon area. I am not going to talk about the calibre of the Thai food though, until I go again and see if there has been any improvement. My husband and I are Thai aficionados and frankly, I was extremely disappointed.

It’s not the best Thai food I’ve ever eaten I’ll admit, although it wasn’t dreadful by any means. I’m just happy for ANY new restaurant out our way to be honest. A good Indian restaurant would be a bonus – have you been to that horror round near High Country Meats? Now there’s an accident waiting for a place to happen!

Madame Workalot Madame Workalot 9:42 am 02 Jun 09

xdave said :

Madame Workalot said :

The guy has irritable bowel syndrome, FFS. If he can prove that the onset of IBS was brought about by the food, why shouldn’t he be entitled to compensation?

so essentially we should all eat bland tasteless food to cater for the lowest common denominator? and not only that, but make it yet ANOTHER litigious issue?

psht

I think I see where you’re going with this, but that’s not the issue. The argument is that the severe food poisoning the guy suffered brought on the condition of IBS. Not that the food exacerbated an already present condition.

deezagood deezagood 9:34 am 02 Jun 09

Sorry – italics issues.

deezagood deezagood 9:33 am 02 Jun 09

misspris said :

Igglepiggle said :

Haven’t been to this one as I’m not a member of the club but the other Chinese takeaway at Lanyon is fine as far as suburban chinese takeaways go (the Dim Sum) and we just tried the new Thai this week and it was great (as has been reviewed on here before)
And Master Igglepiggle is very pleased that both the aforementioned places have the waving good luck cat on the counter (essential in my opinion).

I’m glad someone other than hubby and I enjoyed it. Deezagood wasn’t a fan apparently 🙂

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It’s funny Miss Misspris, but I nearly wrote a review of our meal, but decided not to as I felt that the place had only just started up and deserved a settling in period. The staff were lovely (really lovely), the decor is gorgeous, the ambience is soothing, our kids were made to feel very welcome, the service was fantastic and I feel that the place is a welcome addition to the Lanyon area. I am not going to talk about the calibre of the Thai food though, until I go again and see if there has been any improvement. My husband and I are Thai aficionados and frankly, I was extremely disappointed.

xdave xdave 9:31 am 02 Jun 09

Madame Workalot said :

The guy has irritable bowel syndrome, FFS. If he can prove that the onset of IBS was brought about by the food, why shouldn’t he be entitled to compensation?

so essentially we should all eat bland tasteless food to cater for the lowest common denominator? and not only that, but make it yet ANOTHER litigious issue?

psht

Madame Workalot Madame Workalot 9:28 am 02 Jun 09

xdave said :

If this man has been diagnosed with IBS, – obviously a medical condition that effects diet, then this man should know what he can and cannot eat.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irritable_bowel_syndrome#Diet

Hey every restaurant make sure your menu is Gluten free, IBS safe, sugar free, nut free, MSG free, and while your there you better make it tasty

that’s BS

I don’t get your point. Obviously now he would have to follow a strict diet. Obviously now he would try his best to eat out at places that can accommodate him. But that has nothing to do with how the IBS presented in the first place.

I’m no doctor so I won’t comment on whether the IBS could have been caused by the food or if he was somehow predisposed to IBS. IF he can prove that the dodgy food brought on IBS that likely would not have been present otherwise, he should be eligible to receive compensation.

Skidd Marx Skidd Marx 9:23 am 02 Jun 09

You wound eyes make me waugh hahaha.

xdave xdave 9:14 am 02 Jun 09

If this man has been diagnosed with IBS, – obviously a medical condition that effects diet, then this man should know what he can and cannot eat.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irritable_bowel_syndrome#Diet

Hey every restaurant make sure your menu is Gluten free, IBS safe, sugar free, nut free, MSG free, and while your there you better make it tasty

that’s BS

Madame Workalot Madame Workalot 8:35 am 02 Jun 09

Alfaphen said :

Being a lawyer and having worked in a Chinese restaurant, I find this case absolutely ridiculous. I just hope this guy gets “costs orders” against him! The next minute this guy will be suing his lawyer for pro neg for certifying his case having reasonable prospects of success.

Why exactly is it ridiculous?

Apart from the money that *may* have been earnt from the promotion, I don’t really think the principles of this case are wrong if he can prove that the food was bad. The guy has irritable bowel syndrome, FFS. If he can prove that the onset of IBS was brought about by the food, why shouldn’t he be entitled to compensation? If his illness (both the temporary sickness and any ongoing effects) was brought about by someone else’s negligence, he should be duly compensated for it.

misspris misspris 8:33 am 02 Jun 09

Igglepiggle said :

Haven’t been to this one as I’m not a member of the club but the other Chinese takeaway at Lanyon is fine as far as suburban chinese takeaways go (the Dim Sum) and we just tried the new Thai this week and it was great (as has been reviewed on here before)
And Master Igglepiggle is very pleased that both the aforementioned places have the waving good luck cat on the counter (essential in my opinion).

I’m glad someone other than hubby and I enjoyed it. Deezagood wasn’t a fan apparently 🙂

On that basis Master Igglepiggle would probably like Chinese Kitchen in Woden. I’m a bit partial to their duck pancakes and the soup is good too.

Ags Ags 4:07 am 02 Jun 09

South side and take away chinese equals trouble.
Come to the north side and have a sit down meal….

Seriously, Home delivered food in plastic containers is crap. You would be better off eating the container. Although I believe they are bad for your health too.
Bain Marie food is a breeding ground for bacteria because you never know how long it has been sitting there or who has had thier stinking fingers in it. When self serve food was all the rage I went once, but never returned after I seen a man pick his ass and then put it in the ice cream…..NO JOKE>.

I agree with Mr Wood. Substandard products and services are unacceptable…..If i missed out on a promotion I would want heads to roll too….

TP 3000 TP 3000 11:41 pm 01 Jun 09

I remember one meal of Lemon Chicken from a place in Kambah that was terribly dry. But Tea House at Erindale is quite nice, but I hate getting out of Erindale at peak though. But I can’t say if the Kambah or Erindale Chinese places made me ill as I eat other crap that could of been the one to do it to me.

circusmind circusmind 11:28 pm 01 Jun 09

Good luck proving causation. Especially with the foregone income from the promotion.

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