Valentines Day rip off?

Auntyem 15 February 2009 64

My son took his girlfriend out for Valentines Day dinner at Sage in Braddon.

When he booked the table he wasn’t told there was a $100 (per person) set menu for the night. Add to that three glasses of wine ($10 per glass) and one glass of water ($9 per glass) and the bill came to $239.

He texted me half way through the meal and asked that I keep some dinner warm because the set menu was extremely scant.

He didn’t complain because he didn’t want to ruin the night for his girlfriend – so he paid, came home and they both had more dinner here (even though she normally eats like a bird).

I don’t mind paying top dollar for a good night out – but hey, what a rip off.


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el el 1:32 pm 24 Nov 09

Pommy bastard said :

Those here appalled by the “Norwegian water” idiocy may enjoy this; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dasani#United_Kingdom

That’s absolutely hilarious! (Thanks.)

p1 p1 10:33 am 24 Nov 09

Pommy bastard said :

Those here appalled by the “Norwegian water” idiocy may enjoy this; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dasani#United_Kingdom

Whomever approved that slogan for use in the UK must have been working for pepsi. 🙂

canucksfan canucksfan 7:51 pm 23 Nov 09

Hey Openureyes, It seems a little odd that you would wait until November to write about a meal you had in February, even remembering details like the name of the water. You don’t by any chance have a vested interest. I agree with #48, why do we need Norwegian mineral water when we have perfect water here. Oh yeah so they can charge $9 and add 20000 food miles to the bill. I’ll boycott it just for that…

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 5:12 pm 23 Nov 09

Those here appalled by the “Norwegian water” idiocy may enjoy this; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dasani#United_Kingdom

el el 2:25 pm 23 Nov 09

Guys, you’ve got it all wrong.

The $9 bottle of water includes $8.50 worth of smug superiority, to distract from the fact that you’re drinking stale water that has been in storage in both Norwegian *and* Australian warehouses for several months before reaching your table.

Granny Granny 2:18 pm 23 Nov 09

I do like Sage. The food is always excellent and I’ve never gone hungry. I would go there again.

However, $9 for a bottle of mineral water … sorry. That is such a rip off. Note to Sage lady: try charging less for your imported Norwegian mineral water. It’s just plain old water in a bottle – it’s not from the fountain of youth or anything.

Jazz Jazz 2:05 pm 23 Nov 09

I’ve been to sage a few time’s under the new ownership and haven’t been disappointed yet. They’ve got a great desgustation menu thing where you can pick any dish on the regular alacarte menu and turn it into a 5 course degustation. like 5 deserts if you wanted it.

As for price, i’d say your son was incredibly naieve in thinking that he could go to a fine dining restaurant and not spend a few dollars. If he walked out hungry, try going to an all you can eat restaraunt next time. that will undoubtedly put on the right kind of atmostphere for valentines day.

sloppery sloppery 1:51 pm 23 Nov 09

The bottle of water includes a secret moron tax – $8 of the cost goes to the government, simply because you’re too stupid.

PBO PBO 1:42 pm 23 Nov 09

openureyes said :

I came across this topic when I wanted to post a comment about how great Sage Restaurant is.

My husband surpised me this year by taking me to Sage for valentines day. We had the $100 five course degustation menu and each dish was fantastic, and it included bread and salad. There was definately enough food for most people’s appetite any more would have been glutenous.

In regards to the water, we had a BOTTLE of Voss mineral water 800ml and it was $9. That was the charged price and very reasonable for water imported from Norway considering a bottle of Mt Franklin can cost around $4 in a sevice station where it is not served at your table like at Sage. The table next to us decided to go with tap water which was free.

If anyone is considering going out for a great meal I recommend trying Sage. There main course price is only $28 and is probably the nicest food in Canberra. It saddens me to think that a mother is writting this damning post because of her son’s complaint and it might damage a fantastic small business. Canberra needs more restaurants like this one.

So do we speak to you to make bookings?

p1 p1 1:24 pm 23 Nov 09

I assume that a large part of the $9 goes to pay for the embedded carbon footprint of that water?

Mr Evil Mr Evil 12:25 pm 23 Nov 09

Norwegian bottled water – you know, the one that has the lovely Chernobyl green after-glow to it, with heavy metals and acid rain from the glaciers leaching into it.

Christ there are some shallow people around…..

Thoroughly Smashed Thoroughly Smashed 10:20 am 23 Nov 09

Ignoring the comical absurdity of importing water from Norway:

openureyes said :

Canberra needs more restaurants like this one.

More restaurants that, according to the OP, gouge their customers horribly? No, I’m fairly sure we don’t need more of them.

colourful sydney racing identity colourful sydney racing identity 10:14 am 23 Nov 09

I love it when a newbie leaps to the defence of a business that has been bagged out on the RiotAct – it always looks so genuine.

A couple of tips for younger players.

1) If a business you have been associated with has been bagged, don’t jump to it’s defence nine months later – it only gives the story currency.

2) Don’t defend the indefensible. $9 for a bottle of water is not ‘very reasonabe’.

3) Submit a few other posts first, it looks less suspicious than a glowing review by a newbie.

4) Don’t over do it. I have some favourite places to eat but none of them have ‘the nicest food in Canberra’. Be a little less glowing.

5) Don’t mention the business name in each paragraph – it reads like an advertorial

6) Don’t play the “poor business owner” card – it smacks of a personal interest.

mutley mutley 10:12 am 23 Nov 09

Jim Jones said :

openureyes said :

In regards to the water, we had a BOTTLE of Voss mineral water 800ml and it was $9. That was the charged price and very reasonable for water imported from Norway

Out of interest, how is Norwegian water better than tap water?

Does it make you feel like a Viking?

Yep, makes you horny.

Jim Jones Jim Jones 9:03 am 23 Nov 09

openureyes said :

In regards to the water, we had a BOTTLE of Voss mineral water 800ml and it was $9. That was the charged price and very reasonable for water imported from Norway

Out of interest, how is Norwegian water better than tap water?

Does it make you feel like a Viking?

sloppery sloppery 8:42 am 23 Nov 09

megaJames said :

On a out-of-Canberra note… if you are ever in Brisbane and want an awesome breakfast then check out the buffet at the Sofitel in Anzac Square. The only thing that’s ever come close to it for me was the Renaissance hotel in Hong Kong. I’ve stayed at pretty much every 5-star hotel in the country and that particular sofitel was the ultimate.

I’ll add to this with a recommendation for the breakfast buffet at Lebua in Bangkok. Best breakfast buffet I’ve ever been to, anywhere in the world.

justin heywood justin heywood 8:40 am 23 Nov 09

openureyes said :

….. we had a BOTTLE of Voss mineral water 800ml and it was $9. That was the charged price and very reasonable for water imported from Norway…..

Has the world gone completely mad? There is nothing reasonable about importing water from Norway, let alone patying $9.00 for it.

openureyes openureyes 9:28 pm 22 Nov 09

I came across this topic when I wanted to post a comment about how great Sage Restaurant is.

My husband surpised me this year by taking me to Sage for valentines day. We had the $100 five course degustation menu and each dish was fantastic, and it included bread and salad. There was definately enough food for most people’s appetite any more would have been glutenous.

In regards to the water, we had a BOTTLE of Voss mineral water 800ml and it was $9. That was the charged price and very reasonable for water imported from Norway considering a bottle of Mt Franklin can cost around $4 in a sevice station where it is not served at your table like at Sage. The table next to us decided to go with tap water which was free.

If anyone is considering going out for a great meal I recommend trying Sage. There main course price is only $28 and is probably the nicest food in Canberra. It saddens me to think that a mother is writting this damning post because of her son’s complaint and it might damage a fantastic small business. Canberra needs more restaurants like this one.

megaJames megaJames 10:47 pm 19 Feb 09

Auntyem said :

I wouldn’t mind knowing if your group have tried breakfast places – ones that can actually produce a good Eggs Benedict instead of a golf ball in watery foam drowning in packet or split hollandaise.

We are mostly part of the furniture at Cream on Sunday mornings for breakfast. It’s a little sad/cool when your coffees (or hot choc in my case) arrives at your table before the person taking your order 🙂

I don’t know if we just eat out too much and have ruined it for ourselves but we can’t seem to find many good breakfast places around Civic. There are plenty of bad ones… like the cafe next door to Gus’s, Cafe Essen I think, was the all time shocker for me. I watched them heat up the pre-cooked egg in the microwave! YUK! Never been back again. We have tried to get into the organic place down at New Acton but it’s always full when we get there so still have to try that. We have also ventured out to Rodney’s at Pialligo for breakfast a couple of times and that’s pretty nice on an autumn morning.

On a out-of-Canberra note… if you are ever in Brisbane and want an awesome breakfast then check out the buffet at the Sofitel in Anzac Square. The only thing that’s ever come close to it for me was the Renaissance hotel in Hong Kong. I’ve stayed at pretty much every 5-star hotel in the country and that particular sofitel was the ultimate.

Auntyem Auntyem 9:40 pm 19 Feb 09

Great information James.

This is why I like this forum.

The son and girlfriend are going to try some of these places and so am I. We love Jimmy’s in Dickson (live lobster and snow crab) and are regulars there – never been disappointed. Sammy’s is great and serve an excellent San Choy Bow.

I wouldn’t mind knowing if your group have tried breakfast places – ones that can actually produce a good Eggs Benedict instead of a golf ball in watery foam drowning in packet or split hollandaise.

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