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(The Braiser)   After guest gives zero-star review to widely respected English pub on TripAdvisor, angry pub chef gives zero-star rating to said guest: "You claim to be foodies. I have never met a self professed foodie start his meal with a bowl of chips"   (thebraiser.com) divider line 205
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2013-08-27 05:40:17 PM
Naughty fairies!

People who refer to themselves as Foodies are invariably douchebags.
 
2013-08-27 05:48:47 PM
Fries are a good barometer afaic.
 
2013-08-27 06:03:18 PM

doublesecretprobation: Fries are a good barometer afaic.


Not a "foodie" or a food critic, but I concur. If you fark up fries, there's little hope for anything else.
 
2013-08-27 06:21:00 PM
Chips in GB are fries in the US, right?
So, in GB people start their meals with chips as an appetizer?
 
2013-08-27 06:44:24 PM

kimwim: Chips in GB are fries in the US, right?
So, in GB people start their meals with chips as an appetizer?


It is hard to chew when all your teeth are shot.
 
2013-08-27 06:47:15 PM
This really could go either way.

Is it: Scamming customers trying to extract a little 'extra' under threat of a bad review on a website?

Or is it: Legitimate complaints being passed over by an Amy-like chef who thinks nothing is wrong with his food, ever, and those who think there is are just liars and trolls?
 
2013-08-27 06:47:26 PM

feckingmorons: People who refer to themselves as Foodies are invariably douchebags.


I prefer to refer to myself as a "gourmand." It means "big, fat jerk."
 
2013-08-27 06:56:18 PM

Chariset: This really could go either way.

Is it: Scamming customers trying to extract a little 'extra' under threat of a bad review on a website?

Or is it: Legitimate complaints being passed over by an Amy-like chef who thinks nothing is wrong with his food, ever, and those who think there is are just liars and trolls?


The rest of the reviews for the place are glowing on TripAdvisor.  The guy who trashed the place in his review has a bunch of others, and about half are also 1 star reviews of places where the general consensus seems to positive, and he does mention asking for freebies in a couple of them.
 
2013-08-27 07:01:26 PM

TuteTibiImperes: Chariset: This really could go either way.

Is it: Scamming customers trying to extract a little 'extra' under threat of a bad review on a website?

Or is it: Legitimate complaints being passed over by an Amy-like chef who thinks nothing is wrong with his food, ever, and those who think there is are just liars and trolls?

The rest of the reviews for the place are glowing on TripAdvisor.  The guy who trashed the place in his review has a bunch of others, and about half are also 1 star reviews of places where the general consensus seems to positive, and he does mention asking for freebies in a couple of them.


So, greedy troll.
 
2013-08-27 07:22:01 PM

TuteTibiImperes: Chariset: This really could go either way.

Is it: Scamming customers trying to extract a little 'extra' under threat of a bad review on a website?

Or is it: Legitimate complaints being passed over by an Amy-like chef who thinks nothing is wrong with his food, ever, and those who think there is are just liars and trolls?

The rest of the reviews for the place are glowing on TripAdvisor.  The guy who trashed the place in his review has a bunch of others, and about half are also 1 star reviews of places where the general consensus seems to positive, and he does mention asking for freebies in a couple of them.


I think the glowing reviews must be the fake ones.  After all, this place is in England--how good could it be?
 
2013-08-27 08:27:25 PM

Chariset: This really could go either way.

Is it: Scamming customers trying to extract a little 'extra' under threat of a bad review on a website?

Or is it: Legitimate complaints being passed over by an Amy-like chef who thinks nothing is wrong with his food, ever, and those who think there is are just liars and trolls?


i.imgur.com
 
2013-08-27 09:08:17 PM
You mean French fries, right?  Geez.  No wonder you got zero stars, pub owner...
 
2013-08-27 09:24:21 PM
This is why I read more than one review. I have been to hotels and restaurants I consider perfect (for the price) and somebody always has reviewed the places with 0 stars, calls it disgusting, and says the staff are rude. I'm not sure if these people hit places on the wrong day or if they're crazy, but in any case it sure isn't hard to ignore their reviews.
 
2013-08-27 09:25:35 PM

cameroncrazy1984: TuteTibiImperes: Chariset: This really could go either way.

Is it: Scamming customers trying to extract a little 'extra' under threat of a bad review on a website?

Or is it: Legitimate complaints being passed over by an Amy-like chef who thinks nothing is wrong with his food, ever, and those who think there is are just liars and trolls?

The rest of the reviews for the place are glowing on TripAdvisor.  The guy who trashed the place in his review has a bunch of others, and about half are also 1 star reviews of places where the general consensus seems to positive, and he does mention asking for freebies in a couple of them.

So, greedy troll.


This
 
2013-08-27 09:26:59 PM
Ctrl+ F "hubiestubert"

....nothing?  Huh...
 
2013-08-27 09:28:44 PM
Traveling a LOT for my job, i have to say Trip Advisor has been very reliable and a big hrlp for hotels, restaurants, etc....
 
2013-08-27 09:30:47 PM
Yep. Pubs in England who think they're 'high-end'. Ugh, so bad.
 
2013-08-27 09:31:18 PM

Cyberluddite: I think the glowing reviews must be the fake ones. After all, this place is in England--how good could it be?


LOL.

It's really very good. I've eaten there a few times, I thought this story would turn up on Fark.

spidermilk: This is why I read more than one review.


The problem with reading any number of reviews is that, between the trolls and the astroturfing, Tripadvisor is increasingly worthless.
 
2013-08-27 09:32:15 PM

kimwim: Chips in GB are fries in the US, right?
So, in GB people start their meals with chips as an appetizer?


Chavs do. That's something like rednecks.
 
2013-08-27 09:34:44 PM

xanadian: You mean French fries, right?  Geez.  No wonder you got zero stars, pub owner...


They're actually different. French Fries are skinny and UK chips are chunky. About half the width of wedges.
 
2013-08-27 09:35:03 PM

feckingmorons: Naughty fairies!

People who refer to themselves as Foodies are invariably douchebags.


This.

A foodie is just a hipster who is pretentious about food instead of indie music.
 
2013-08-27 09:35:34 PM
On the one hand:

Most peasants don't know how to treat themselves or their kids, in health related issues.

And they want someone to take care of them.

I don't care if the healthy alternative tastes like asses, elbows and aardvark. You're being provided a cheap meal. Make-farking-do.

Your snowflake doesn't like the taste of steamed carrots and whatnot?

Farking deal with it, or starve.

God damned snowflakes and their 'i'm offended attitude'. You're getting cheap food. Deal with it.

I honestly believe a lost of 1st world children and adults would benefit from starvation and dealing with harsh conditions for a few months.
 
2013-08-27 09:36:04 PM
Should call up Gordon Ramsey, maybe he'll set the haters straight.
 
2013-08-27 09:37:47 PM
I'm a "eat one thing at a time" eater and when I have a burger with chips/fries or steak with baked potatoe I always start with the fries or baked potatoe first , the meat will still be plenty warm and the tater dish is quite warm until finished which makes the whole thing awsome.

your experience may differ.
 
2013-08-27 09:37:55 PM

doublesecretprobation: Fries are a good barometer afaic.


It actually is.

there is a lot to learn about the way a place handles its fries, chips whatever you want to call them
 
2013-08-27 09:39:34 PM

darkjezter: feckingmorons: Naughty fairies!

People who refer to themselves as Foodies are invariably douchebags.

This.

A foodie is just a hipster who is pretentious about food instead of indie music.


In other words, someone who ate the soup before it was cool.
 
2013-08-27 09:40:02 PM

kg2095: Chavs do. That's something like rednecks.


Nah.  A better comparison would be that chavs are like white trash.

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Rednecks at least have some standards.
 
2013-08-27 09:40:29 PM

Capo Del Bandito: On the one hand:

Most peasants don't know how to treat themselves or their kids, in health related issues.

And they want someone to take care of them.

I don't care if the healthy alternative tastes like asses, elbows and aardvark. You're being provided a cheap meal. Make-farking-do.

Your snowflake doesn't like the taste of steamed carrots and whatnot?

Farking deal with it, or starve.

God damned snowflakes and their 'i'm offended attitude'. You're getting cheap food. Deal with it.

I honestly believe a lost of 1st world children and adults would benefit from starvation and dealing with harsh conditions for a few months.


images.wikia.com
 
2013-08-27 09:40:30 PM

kg2095: xanadian: You mean French fries, right?  Geez.  No wonder you got zero stars, pub owner...

They're actually different. French Fries are skinny and UK chips are chunky. About half the width of wedges.


We have a variety of fry widths in the U.S., and we will still call them fries.
 
2013-08-27 09:42:45 PM
A foodie is just a pig that don't fly straight.
 
2013-08-27 09:43:11 PM

Capo Del Bandito: On the one hand:

Most peasants don't know how to treat themselves or their kids, in health related issues.

And they want someone to take care of them.

I don't care if the healthy alternative tastes like asses, elbows and aardvark. You're being provided a cheap meal. Make-farking-do.

Your snowflake doesn't like the taste of steamed carrots and whatnot?

Farking deal with it, or starve.

God damned snowflakes and their 'i'm offended attitude'. You're getting cheap food. Deal with it.

I honestly believe a lost of 1st world children and adults would benefit from starvation and dealing with harsh conditions for a few months.


AAAAAAhahahahhahahaha! The peasant posted his comment about the wrong article! Deal with it, loser!
 
2013-08-27 09:43:20 PM
I try to use my own filter when reading reviews on Yelp and TravelAdvisor, but as someone upthread said, it's pretty hard when it's either 5 star astroturfing or 1 star competition slamming. There do seem to be patterns that emerge in these cookie cutter reviews, so after seeing a lot of reviews and writing a lot of reviews in my time, I can tell them apart by the pixels.

That said, I won't rest until The Hamptons in Manhattan Beach, CA is closed for good. That place sucks. Food is bad and expensive. The waitstaff are inexperienced and inattentive. The decor is atrocious. And the alcohol selection is not at all clearly described. Stay away. Go anywhere else in MB. MB Post and Simmzy's are highly recommended though they may be a bit cozy for some people.
 
2013-08-27 09:44:49 PM

Smackledorfer: kg2095: xanadian: You mean French fries, right?  Geez.  No wonder you got zero stars, pub owner...

They're actually different. French Fries are skinny and UK chips are chunky. About half the width of wedges.

We have a variety of fry widths in the U.S., and we will still call them fries.


This economy of language is what makes us the most powerful nation on the face of the Earth.
 
2013-08-27 09:45:02 PM

exick: doublesecretprobation: Fries are a good barometer afaic.

Not a "foodie" or a food critic, but I concur. If you fark up fries, there's little hope for anything else.


What kind of self respecting chef puts fries in a bowl?  Sounds like enough FAIL to go around was had.
 
2013-08-27 09:45:17 PM

FarkinNortherner: spidermilk: This is why I read more than one review.

The problem with reading any number of reviews is that, between the trolls and the astroturfing, Tripadvisor is increasingly worthless.


A good rule of thumb is to simply ignore the best and worst reviews entirely.
 
2013-08-27 09:46:40 PM
Grifters gotta eat
 
2013-08-27 09:47:14 PM
Now if you'll excuse me I'm going to go get my Archer/Alton Brown fix from that top link.
 
2013-08-27 09:47:19 PM
Generally, this is part of the reason why I tend to read the 3/4 star ratings a lot more then the 1 or 5.
 
2013-08-27 09:50:03 PM
I am in favor of the Death Penalty for all "Foodies" and people using the word "Foody" except to mock said expression.

And kill the hipsters too, because stupid.
 
2013-08-27 09:51:21 PM
Unctuous is a good thing? I thought it meant cloying and fatty. Maybe that is a good thing to some.
 
2013-08-27 09:51:57 PM
I wouldn't ever use the word "foodie" to describe myself, because I hate that word, but I really love trying new and/or fancy foods, and I still sometimes deign to eat fries.
 
2013-08-27 09:52:32 PM

SpdrJay: I am in favor of the Death Penalty for all "Foodies" and people using the word "Foody" except to mock said expression.

And kill the hipsters too, because stupid.


It has a legitimate meaning, but it's been coopted. It used to mean "People who eat just about any dish as long as it's prepared well." It now means "Hipsters with no ear for music."

The appropriate term is now gourmand... now excuse me while I go try to find any sort of dish made with offal. Love me some organ meat.
 
2013-08-27 09:52:33 PM
Anyone who calls themselves "foodie" can be safely be ignored. Not only are their opinions bad, but so's their diction.
 
2013-08-27 09:52:35 PM

spidermilk: This is why I read more than one review. I have been to hotels and restaurants I consider perfect (for the price) and somebody always has reviewed the places with 0 stars, calls it disgusting, and says the staff are rude. I'm not sure if these people hit places on the wrong day or if they're crazy, but in any case it sure isn't hard to ignore their reviews.


There was a big controversy in Hong Kong a couple years ago when it was discovered that a major online restaurant review site was soliciting restaurants for good reviews.  You pay up, you suddenly find yourself with 100 "GREAT" reviews on the site.  If you don't, all of a sudden your food is "terrible" and the service is "horrible".

When most people count on things like TripAdvisor or Yelp these days, it's not really surprising.  It's a racket waiting to happen.
 
2013-08-27 09:53:34 PM
"The butter...."
"Yes?"
"Salted"
"NO!"

Secret Agent Man: the best TV spy show ever.
 
2013-08-27 09:56:11 PM

Piizzadude: doublesecretprobation: Fries are a good barometer afaic.

It actually is.

there is a lot to learn about the way a place handles its fries, chips whatever you want to call them


Came here to say this.
You can pretty much tell how good a restaurant is by how they pay attention to producing good chips, I mean fries jebus.
And before you food snobs chime in I'm not talkin about high end snooty restaurants.
 
2013-08-27 09:56:43 PM
Fark off you whinny biatch azz chefs!

I had one come to my table pull up a farken chair and stare me down asking what exactly I found wrong with the eggs Benedict???!!! Who told him he could sit his azz down? Asshat, I found that it sucked!

//I'm okay....
 
2013-08-27 09:57:05 PM
Meow.
 
2013-08-27 09:57:21 PM

Capo Del Bandito: On the one hand:

Most peasants don't know how to treat themselves or their kids, in health related issues.

And they want someone to take care of them.

I don't care if the healthy alternative tastes like asses, elbows and aardvark. You're being provided a cheap meal. Make-farking-do.

Your snowflake doesn't like the taste of steamed carrots and whatnot?

Farking deal with it, or starve.

God damned snowflakes and their 'i'm offended attitude'. You're getting cheap food. Deal with it.

I honestly believe a lost of 1st world children and adults would benefit from starvation and dealing with harsh conditions for a few months.


this is not the thread you are looking for

couldthishappen.com
/hot like the sands of Tatoine
 
2013-08-27 10:01:02 PM

KimNorth: Fark off you whinny biatch azz chefs!

I had one come to my table pull up a farken chair and stare me down asking what exactly I found wrong with the eggs Benedict???!!! Who told him he could sit his azz down? Asshat, I found that it sucked!

//I'm okay....


There are any number of ways to fark up eggs benedict. English muffin too hard. Eggs whites too runny. Egg yolk not runny enough. Flavorless Hollandaise sauce. Kraft singles instead of real cheese. Canadian bacon instead of real ham. Badly paired vegetables.

Because of this, I never order eggs benedict.
 
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