We've covered lots of customer complaints and ridiculous food orders given in the past on Fine Dining Lovers. After all, chefs get it tough and straight when it comes to customer feedback, from the good to the bad and the ugly!
Here's the latest in the ongoing collection of surreal, strange and most ridiculous reasons ever given for advising chefs on recipe modifications, to misplaced dietary requirements and clearly uneducated feedback to the kitchen, shared with Fine Dining Lovers by our community of chef readers.
Half of them we couldn't make up. The other half begs the question, is the customer always right? Clearly not.
So, from frozen ice cream to uncooked tartare, here are some of your best customer complaints #facepalm.
As ever, if you have any to add, we'd love you to share them, over on our Facebook page.
Does the customer always know best... Really?
"Steak cooked medium rare, no blood"
"Sunny side up egg...egg whites only please"
Someone send back my Salmon belly tartar because it was not cooked
“Well done omelette” got it sent back twice before I put sugar on it and in the broiler... was then told “best omelette ever”
Chateaubriand half rare the other well done!! WTF, tied some string around the middle and dangled in the fryer for six minutes then proceeded as normal! Never did it again lol.
"Pork belly no bones, please!" I actually heard this order being given from my friend sitting next to me. Too funny.
Got a beyond meat burger sent back by a customer because the patty was rare to him.
Tomatoes were "too red"
I had a lady send back the buffalo wings she ordered, because she got chicken wings not buffalo wings
"Less testicles" is not an unreasonable request. I personally would ask for NONE with my calamari.
Kaisi Kruus Batumalay
Someone once said that oysters were tasting like salty water.
Cesar Adrian Reynosa
"Excuse me this ice cream is frozen."
Re-inventing the wheel...
"I’ll have a Spaghetti al Burro , with no butter or fat"
"Spaghetti carbonara, but with pasta"
"Lime and ginger chicken ...no ginger please."
"Spaghetti Bolognese but without mince meat and tomato sauce."
"Caesar salad no lettuce extra chicken to replace the lettuce"
"Onion soup.no onions."
"Wagyu no fat."
"Veg soup with no veg."
I have a food intolerance... I think
A customer once told me that she was allergic to eggs but it was fine to have them scrambled as it changed the molecular structure of them.
I’m allergic to dairy.. but butter it’s fine.
A guest sent back the beef Carpaccio because it was cold, she wanted the Carpaccio hot!
I am allergic to gluten and fish... She ordered homemade Ravioli stuffed with salmon...
If the pasta is homemade I am not allergic and the fish if diced fine and inside the Ravioli it's ok, she said....
I had a guy ask if one of our meals was vegan and I said yea but it comes with Aioli but we can just take that off if you want and he was like nah it'll be fine...
Chris De Saint
So I got a fudge cake order specifying the person was allergic to kiwi.😂😂
Or do you put beef stock in your vegetable soup?
You get people who say they are vegan at dinner and they order a full breakfast in the morning!😂
Would you like to try our seafood special?
“Im allergic to fish. I’ll take the fresh made ceaser, extra dressing please.”
"I want the fish sandwich, but I have a gluten allergy so no bin."
"OK, do you want the fish grilled or broiled then?"
"No, I like it breaded and fried."???!!!!
My favorite so far was an order for a veggie pizza that got sent back because it wasn’t vegan.
Only white meat of the chicken she is allergic to the dark meat
I received especially request for a strictly vegan dish! I had to make a very innovative menu very creative for this guest!
It took me 1 1/2 hour especially for this customer. When he arrived I announced the menu, he said to me is okay you can add some egg in the rice ....!!! And then he said is ok okay you can add some chicken as well! I did not throw him out ...that I should .....!!
Customer with a supposed allergy to dairy and gluten, orders, for dessert, profiteroles !!, apparently she says she is ok with chocolate !!!!
This duck is too ducky
Nicole van Andel
Had a customer complain about a bitter leaf salad tasting bitter...
Meredith Marzuzzi Michaela Todorovski
...those anchovies taste like anchovies....
Just got complaint from customer that mac’n cheese taste like macaroni and cheese
Ron Rosenbaum Cec
"My duck was too ducky!"
Pork rib tasted like pork - swear this happened at my work
Best one I head...."What would you like in your omelette?" errr "eggs please."
Salmon is to fishy 😂my first time date with my husband.... It's smoked salmon
Had a regular customer who would order their French Onion Soup with no onions or crouton...just the broth and cheese. Said they were allergic to onions and were gluten intolerant. You can't make this stuff up.
Cesar Adrian Reynosa
Excuse me what kind of cheese is in your mozzarella sticks.