Has anyone ever worked in a restaurant kitchen? My friend and I went to happy hour at a nice restaurant last night; they have a pub downstairs. She ordered an appetizer, but I am on a diet plan, so I asked if I could order the portobello sandwich, hold the kaiser, hold the cheese. I also asked if I could have subs for the roll and fries. The guy said sure, no problem, but there is already butter on the veggies. I asked if any rice was available, and he said yes.
Well, they brought the portobello and the veggies, but no rice. The guy said oops, sorry, they only have orzo. I said the orzo would be fine.
Everything tasted really good, but it was all swimming in oil and butter. I had told the guy I was on a special diet. The orzo didn't arrive until well after I'd finished the rest. It was full of butter and parmesan cheese.
Here's my grumpy question: what is it with kitchens, anyway? Do they really cook all of the vegetables ahead of time and load them down with oil or butter? Why is it so hard to get a decent meal to order, even in a fine dining establishment? With all of the news out there about the obesity epidemic, you'd think they could be more accommodating. This place serves expensive steaks, seafood etc. in its dining room, so it isn't as if I was in a diner with short order cooks in the back.