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Re: A whole new meaning to being Switzerlanded

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You don't "order a portion" at an all-you-can-eat buffet, rather pick up a plate and serve yourself
Thinking contextually, and since English is clearly his second language, maybe he meant "take" a small portion?
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Old 19.05.2014, 01:45
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Re: A whole new meaning to being Switzerlanded

So could one go there, pay 17 chuffs up front and pig out?
I'm not into buffet-style places, but this would be interesting to know
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Re: A whole new meaning to being Switzerlanded

I've been to several Chinese restaurants that don't serve ''real food''. Sometimes the rice is not cooked or too hard to be swallow and the other dishes don't even taste like food. We couldn't even finish it. Since they are charging for not finishing the food, guess from now on we have to train ourselves to finish everything and be grateful that we have ''food'' to fill our stomach & forget about the taste buds.
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So could one go there, pay 17 chuffs up front and pig out?
I'm not into buffet-style places, but this would be interesting to know
Indeed- week-day lunchtimes at the Chinese in Pontarlier, in the shopping-zone- it is 10.50 Euros (will have to check if prices have changed recently)- and people can help themselves again and again- of as much as they want of about 30+ different dishes and sweets.

Mind you, I went for a Chinese last Saturday with a friend, big plate of food for 9CHF and as much jasmine tea as you want- excellent value

Watching people stuff their face until they can't move is actually quite disgusting. Food is excellent btw.

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Old 26.01.2015, 20:28
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Watching people stuff their face until they can't move is actually quite disgusting. Food is excellent btw.
Do they serve wafer thin mints?
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Indeed- week-day lunchtimes at the Chinese in Pontarlier, in the shopping-zone- it is 10.50 Euros (will have to check if prices have changed recently)- and people can help themselves again and again- of as much as they want of about 30+ different dishes and sweets.

Watching people stuff their face until they can't move is actually quite disgusting. Food is excellent btw.
Haven't been for a while, have you? Mid-day lunch for adults is 12.90 Euros Mondays to Fridays, in the evening 16.50 Euros. Children under 5 eat free, kids under 10 8.90 lunch time, 10.90 evenings. Buffet at the weekend is 17.90 for adults, kids under 10 10.90, under 5's free.
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Old 26.01.2015, 20:38
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Re: A whole new meaning to being Switzerlanded

A few years ago, for a few year long stretch, I was eating 6,000-7,000 calories a day. And losing weight. Sometimes we'd go to an all you can eat Chinese buffet, and clear a stack of plates 5 high. In some parts of the US, it would cost under $5 for the meal.

Last week I went out for 'Asian' food, and it cost me 17 chuffs for a small plate.

And they skimped on the shrimp.

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Haven't been for a while, have you? Mid-day lunch for adults is 12.90 Euros Mondays to Fridays, in the evening 16.50 Euros. Children under 5 eat free, kids under 10 8.90 lunch time, 10.90 evenings. Buffet at the weekend is 17.90 for adults, kids under 10 10.90, under 5's free.
Not for a while, so prices ahve gone up, a bit- still excellent value. Tell me when you go next, happy to join you. 12.90 is not bad hey.

But as said, some people do exaggerate, and help themselves again and again- and then throw most of the last serving in the bin, as they just can't eat anymore. So I think the solution in the OP makes sense- pay a fixed price- but no throwing stuff away or pay extra!
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Re: A whole new meaning to being Switzerlanded

Will do, though probably won't be until the spring now. Certainly is good value. I like their Chinese beer too and I'm not a beer fan, I prefer wine.
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Indeed- week-day lunchtimes at the Chinese in Pontarlier, in the shopping-zone- it is 10.50 Euros (will have to check if prices have changed recently)- and people can help themselves again and again- of as much as they want of about 30+ different dishes and sweets.

Mind you, I went for a Chinese last Saturday with a friend, big plate of food for 9CHF and as much jasmine tea as you want- excellent value

Watching people stuff their face until they can't move is actually quite disgusting. Food is excellent btw.
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Old 26.01.2015, 21:56
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Re: A whole new meaning to being Switzerlanded

This is not eating or dining it's just a feeding frenzy, usualy quite disgusting to watch
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Re: A whole new meaning to being Switzerlanded

Most importantly, how difficult are they about splitting the bill at the end? Even more importantly, will this then generate a long and boring thread on EF?

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Re: A whole new meaning to being Switzerlanded

Some people are scared they won't get the choicest morsels, that the buffet won't be replenished with what they want, so they load up. In Greece we witnessed a herd of wilderbeast (tourists) fill up as many plates as they could carry & put them all in the canter of their long table. They ate what they wanted & walked off leaving a load of half picked at remains.
There's also the fight to get to the food in the first place if a place is very busy.
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Re: A whole new meaning to being Switzerlanded

The only time I do that is at breakfast buffets in hotels. We'll get a small basket of breads, a plate of meats and cheese and sit both in the middle of the table. It saves one (or both) people getting up half a dozen times - it also means you can share bigger slices of meat instead of leaving some.
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Re: A whole new meaning to being Switzerlanded

I agree "with food being wasted when not eaten." I have heard Swiss people to complain about tourists wasting food in hotel breakfast and agree completely with them . Producing food is labor intensive and we might as well remember this when throwing something away.
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Re: A whole new meaning to being Switzerlanded

At the other end of the spectrum you have my kid brother. Many years ago when he was in his first job at New Delhi, he would often work through the night and go to the All American Diner at India Habitat Center for the all you can eat breakfast. Waiters would get visibly nervous around him, and were in the habit of politely commenting, "Sir, sambhal ke khana." (Sir, please eat with discretion.)

Truly- his appetite is mesmerizing to behold.
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Old 05.10.2015, 17:33
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Re: A whole new meaning to being Switzerlanded

In an Asian buffet restaurant in Helsinki, my ten-year old son was billed as an adult after they saw how much he ate.
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In an Asian buffet restaurant in Helsinki, my ten-year old son was billed as an adult after they saw how much he ate.
I'm quite surprised they'd have something in their T&C's allowing them to do this. It can't be a very common occurrence, and I doubt even a hungry adult would eat more than a child's portion costs. Can you name the place so I can put it on my "avoid" list?
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I'm quite surprised they'd have something in their T&C's allowing them to do this. It can't be a very common occurrence, and I doubt even a hungry adult would eat more than a child's portion costs. Can you name the place so I can put it on my "avoid" list?
It was in Helsinki not here. Tang Dynasty in Salomonkatu.

We weren't bothered. We were just so happy not to be eating in a country where the height of cuisine is schnitzel or bratwurst and chips.
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Re: A whole new meaning to being Switzerlanded

I think it's called "oneupmanship".....
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