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Single poached egg, no sides, no toast $12 ….

By XO_VSOP - 25 May 2010 50

A friend of mine went out for breakfast on Sunday at the Z brassiere in Tuggeranong and vows to never return…….

The tale of the tape;

My friend ordered a single poached egg, no sides ,  no toast  strange order nonetheless that’s what she ordered.  She enjoyed her single poached egg, a coffee and good chat with her fiancé, at the end she asked for the bill and was shocked that she had been charged $12 for a single poached egg, no sides , no toast.

My Friend reluctantly paid the bill and will not return.

Single poached egg no sides no toast  $12 …

What’s Your opinion?


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Single poached egg, no sides, no toast $12 ….
Woody Mann-Caruso 11:26 am 25 May 10

(And I think ‘dead egg’ is fried, extra crispy, sunny side down. No barely-set whites, no runny yolks.)

shirty_bear 11:23 am 25 May 10

colourful sydney racing identity said :

Condor egg?

roflcopter

As I understand it (without having been to the joint in question), “dead” eggs are well done i.e. cooked hard right through.

Woody Mann-Caruso 11:03 am 25 May 10

I agree that at first glance it’s a slippery slope.

Say you want eggs on toast, but don’t want butter – do you get a price cut? I think most people would say no – how would you calculate the value of such a thing? So say you don’t want toast…or toast but only one egg…or two eggs but one slice of toast…or no toast and one egg – at what point do deductions kick in, and what’s a fair way to calculate them when the stuff on the plate represents only a fraction of the menu price?

Having said all that, there were probably a couple of options that could have been explored:

– If I wanted three eggs instead of two, how much extra? Charge that amount for the egg by adding it to whatever her fiance ordered. (And if she wants a single egg next time, just ask her fiance to add it to his order then share a plate.)

– Maybe ‘it’s on the house’ was the way to go, especially if she was also paying a premium for bean-flavoured water. If staff are already serving the table and the customer is already using the seat for coffee, then better to think about repeat business, I reckon.

Mothy 10:56 am 25 May 10

Oh and as I forgot to ask before;

What’s a “Dead” Egg?

krats 10:49 am 25 May 10

Mothy said :

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Looking a z’s breakfast menu it clearly states “Fried, Poached, Flipped, Scrambled or Dead with Toast” cost $11.50. Assume the extra $0.50 is rounding up for the sake of a good story/whinge.

The extra 50 cents is known in the trade as an idiot tax!

M0les 9:47 am 25 May 10

(+2) st said : How much was it on the menu?

If you order a meal, you’re paying for a meal. If you fillet items off said meal, you’re still ordering a meal.

Cafes/restaurants are service-vendors, not product-vendors.

captainwhorebags 9:45 am 25 May 10

Your friend is also occupying a seat that could be earning the restaurant money. So maybe $12 is a little harsh, but I wouldn’t expect to pay anything less than say, $8, for renting that space for 30 – 45 minutes.

trevar 9:41 am 25 May 10

I’m with Screaming Banshee (I’ve always wanted to say that!).

If you want to pay next to nothing for a poached egg, buy your own stove, saucepan, slotted spoon, vinegar and egg and make it yourself (note: this may cost a little more than $12).

The Z Brasserie is an excellent establishment, despite its stupid name. I’ve had breakfasts, lunches and mornos there and they have always given impeccable service and excellent food. I’ve also made special requests and they’ve never made a mistake, which is pretty uncommon in itself.

Go the Zed!

Mothy 9:38 am 25 May 10

st said :

How much was it on the menu?

+1

This is a pet peeve of mine. When you go into a cafe/restaurant, you do so knowing their menu is what they’re going to serve. If you order off the menu, good luck to you. If you amend a dish, expect to pay what the dish states on the menu, plus additions, but don’t expect to deduct squat.

Looking a z’s breakfast menu it clearly states “Fried, Poached, Flipped, Scrambled or Dead with Toast” cost $11.50. Assume the extra $0.50 is rounding up for the sake of a good story/whinge.

Looking over the menu, looks like $12-15 is about the standard for their breakfast dishes. Adds support to Bimbogeek’s arguement;

BimboGeek said :

You’re not just paying for the food, you’re paying for the chef’s expertise, the kitchen equipment, the sexy barista who pours your coffee, the charming waitress who brings it all to you with a smile and of course the venue. What would you expect to pay for all this, even just to sit there with a dead bit of boiled chicken ovary?

screaming banshee 9:30 am 25 May 10

Food iss the cheapest part of the meal, when you pay for your food you are also paying for:-

Chef, assistants, wait staff, uniforms, cleaning costs, kitchen equipment, kitchen equipment maintenance, gas, electricity, water, rent/rates, insurance, licencing requirements, linen, laundering costs, tables, chairs, heating/cooling equipment maintenance, signage, advertising, POS system, paper for receipt printer, pens, pencils, order books, ongoing refurbishments and much more. After all this the owners do expect to make a profit.

The fact that she didn’t eat any toast or bacon or whatever doesn’t mean that they can order 1 or 2 less pieces of each and it saves them a fortune.

If she’s not prepared to pay for someone else to make her breakfast then she should make it her damned self.

colourful sydney rac 9:05 am 25 May 10

Condor egg?

georgesgenitals 9:05 am 25 May 10

Your friend was probably charged for bacon and eggs with toast, your friend said hold the bacon and toast, and they charged for the full meal.

Stupid, but typical.

st 9:04 am 25 May 10

How much was it on the menu?

BimboGeek 8:56 am 25 May 10

The egg itself is probably about 60 cents. The toast is probably about 20 cents. The sides might be worth a dollar.

You’re not just paying for the food, you’re paying for the chef’s expertise, the kitchen equipment, the sexy barista who pours your coffee, the charming waitress who brings it all to you with a smile and of course the venue. What would you expect to pay for all this, even just to sit there with a dead bit of boiled chicken ovary?

Also is there really a place in Tuggeranong called Z Brassiere? Sounds like someone took the hooters concept a little too far!!!

H1NG0 8:27 am 25 May 10

You can’t tell me this isn’t a party town

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