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Osteria Basilico

Basilico is a perfectly good staple for a quick pre-movie dinner. The cramped tables and hurried but usually charming service are what some would call atmosphere, but the food is well above average (particularly the veal and cod) However, I will not be going again for the simple reason that when you come to pay, the machine offers you the option to add a gratuity, when the restaurant has already added an "optional" 12.5% service charge. With the waiter standing next to you, there is some pressure not to appear cheap by not adding it. For good measure, they don't bring the itemised bill back to you when you pay, so you cannot check whether service has been included without asking. When I challenged this, I was told that the service charge doesn't go to the waiters. If everyone boycotted restaurants that try to get you to pay 20%+ in tips and service, they would stop doing it. Simple really.

Saturday, February 23, 2008
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 7 | Service 3 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 3


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