We get that when we go out to a restaurant, we’re not buying just the food. We’re purchasing ambience, and getting waited on, and not having to do the dishes. Even with all that though, a markup in excess of 1,000 percent seems excessive. But that’s what happened at a restaurant in Bristol when the chef neglected to take the wrapper off of a baked camembert. The Independent describes, “A restaurant in Bristol has come under fire after a customer who had ordered baked camembert was served Asda’s own-brand of the French cheese in its original packaging. The cheese usually retails at the supermarket for £1.15, but the dish Emma Daniels was given was priced at £13.”
We’re not sure if they say this in England, but: Busted! Daniels subsequently ranted on TripAdvisor, “When we go out to eat we realise you pay for more than just the ingredients, you pay for atmosphere, staff, cooking etc etc. What I didn’t expect was to order a sharing starter of camembert and to be served Asda’s own-brand camembert in the original packaging! Even when I cook it at home I cook it in a terracotta dish!!”
The bonehead play unfortunately lost that chef their job, as restaurant manager Ashely Kirwan told The Caterer magazine: “We have taken action and the chef who was responsible is no longer in the business.”
It kind of reminds us of that Long Beach restaurant that proudly served up Popeye’s chicken as its own. When Sweet Dixie Kitchen was called out, the restaurant not only admitted it, but practically crowed about it, basically saying that good chicken was good chicken no matter where it came from. We suppose we could say the same about baked camembert, even if that markup gives us considerable pause.