A bemused diner has shared her astonishment at being charged a “supplement” fee for something she had naturally assumed was included in the cost of the bill.
Food critic Rosie French ventured out to Ombra, a Venetian-style bar and restaurant in London.
After some deliberation French selected the tagliatelle and accepted the waiter’s offer to grate some fresh parmesan cheese over the top.
But after polishing off a tiramisu and latte for dessert, the London cook was left scratching her head at one item on the bill.
She took to Twitter to share a photo of the bill showing a $2.70 charge for her “1 x Parmisan (sic) Supplement”.
“Any thoughts on this ‘parmisan supplement’,” she wrote.
“Wasn’t mentioned to us during the awkward, painfully slow, grating at the table.”
Any thoughts on this “parmisan supplement” @jayrayner1? Wasn’t mentioned to us during the awkward, painfully slow, grating at the table. Would have let her carry on had we known! pic.twitter.com/jjfie11oAR
— Rosie French (@rosiefrenchfood) April 24, 2018
After she posted the tweet social media users expressed their own confusion at the charge, while also questioning the “unreasonable” gratuity fee tacked onto the bill.
“Never heard of such a thing,” one woman wrote.
“What’s next? An extra charge for salt and pepper?” one man questioned.
“A service charge and a line to add a gratuity? Cake and eat it,” another added.