Ordering Off menu dishes or Extra Dishes

Do you ever request extra dishes or items not on the day's menu?  How is your request handled by your server?  

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16 Answers

Often when I can't decide between two entrees, the server will bring both. Sometimes my husband and I will share an extra entree. More often, though, I may request two desserts. I have never had a problem with this. The servers always ask which I liked better.

I was on the Adventure of the Seas on 4-21-13 for its transatlantic from San Juan Puerto Rico to South Hampton England. The line had set the MDR menu to "The English taste". When the waiter notice I was not thrilled with the menu selections they made me the pastry wrapped Salmon that I have likes the first night. In a 14 night cruise they made that special for me on 2 nights. The waiter also held aside raspberry Sherbet for me after I ordered 2nd on it one night. He kept me a secrete stash for the cruise.

Needless to say I gave that waiter an extra $ 40.00 tip just for him besides the auto billed tips.

On the Glory when I asked for the Salmon not to be marinated in Lemon they acted like it would take an act of Congress and told me I need to talk to the desk if I have food allergies and need a special diet. I told them to never mind and ordered something else.

Sometimes I do order multiples of appetizers and once in a great while desserts. I also order multiple main courses if I can not decide between two or if it is something I want to try a taste of but not a full meal, then I have it put in center of table so everyone can give it a try.

On formal night I typically do order 2 dinners since the lobsters are shrinking over the years.

I agree, the lobsters are shrinking in size.

Often there is a dish that we enjoyed but it was only featured one night. Whenever we mention having really liked something, the waitstaff excuses him/her self to check and see if it still possible to get it again. There hasn't been a time that it has not miraculously appears on the table again.

Also, staff has been fine with ordering additional options. Often we just ask for a portion from another dish on the menu. Always very accommodating.

As for the "lobster" shrinkage... being from New England, it's true.

On a related note, I have to be very specific when ordering what appears on the menu as lobster. If it's not Maine or PEI or close by northeast US lobster, I don't consider it the real thing and avoid it. Spoiled? yeah, maybe.

Never ordered off menu. I do however enjoy two chilled fruit soups when available. If the waiter brings three, well, who am I to waste food ?

Remember when the steakhouse permitted extra dishes ?

Better then remembering 2 steaks, I can remember when I could eat 2 steak dinners and not gain a ounce. I used to be one of the skinny people that could eat everything in sight and stay skinny.

Yes... chilled fruit soups are a nice change of pace. i'm working on creating some for home between cruises. My plan is to start with apple sauce and add ingredients from there.

I have encountered the same, it has never been a problem.


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