For instance, we talked about amazing dim sum we had in London, eating at the top of the Dancing Building in Prague, three feet of sausage in Germany, dinner at Central the night we were married, our first anniversary at Les Halles (Anthony Bourdain's restaurant) in New York, and on and on. There were so many wonderful meals, it was no big deal that this year's Valentine's dinner was a bust.
Of course, not every meal was amazing. We also remembered dining with a friend who declared his meal disgusting and insisted the waiter remove it from his sight. Or there was the time we were on our honeymoon in St. John and I ordered a pasta and seafood dish. When it came to the table, it was so laden with salt that it was inedible. I cannot stress enough that I almost never send food back, but this dish was so bad that I had to tell the waitress. She took it back to the kitchen and then came back to give me a message from the chef. According to the waitress (or the chef, whichever), some people (read: me) are not used to "fine cheese" which can make some dishes a little saltier than usual. As someone who never met a cheese she didn't like, I was pretty sure it wasn't the cheese that ruined the dish, but the 14 tablespoons of salt that had been added to it.
But the absolute best worst meal we ever had was in Chinatown in San Francisco. It was the first trip we had taken together and we were looking forward to enjoying some really good Chinese food. We had a recommendation for a restaurant that was supposed to be the best in Chinatown. After wandering the streets for about 20 minutes, we gave up and figured, what the hell . . . we're in Chinatown in San Francisco, it's probably all good Chinese. Little did we know. The dumplings arrived and were served with -- wait for it -- A-1 mixed with soy sauce. It was straight downhill from there. We ate what we could stomach and quickly paid the check.
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What memorable meals have you had dining out?