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Japanese Tourists Charged £380 For Fish And Spaghetti At Rome Restaurant

Japanese Tourists Charged £380 For Fish And Spaghetti At Rome Restaurant

Two Japanese tourists were left aghast after being charged £380 for two plates of spaghetti and fish at a restaurant in Rome.

For £380 you'd want to be taken to the Amalfi Coast to catch the bloody fish yourself, right?

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Well, the two tourists shared a photograph to TripAdvisor that showed the receipt from their meal at Antico Caffe di Marti next to the River Tiber in Rome.

It came to a frankly absurd €429.80.

The restaurant in Rome. Credit: TripAdvisor
The restaurant in Rome. Credit: TripAdvisor

It buys you two plates of fish and spaghetti, and a couple of glasses of water.

Oh, and this bill also included an €80 (£70) service charge.

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Again, that would have to be some pretty damn attentive service to merit that, wouldn't it?

This seems to be something of a regular thing at the Antico Caffe di Marti, too. From the 200 TripAdvisor reviews that the place has, it's got an overall rating of just two out of five stars.

Of those couple of hundred reviews, several tourists have called the place 'overpriced' and a 'rip off'. In one review another tourist explained how he was charged €476.40 (£422) for a mixed fish platter back in August

The receipt doesn't lie. Credit: TripAdvisor
The receipt doesn't lie. Credit: TripAdvisor

Despite all of the criticism received by the restaurant, they told Italian newspaper Corriere de la Sera that their 'menu is clear' and that the two Japanese tourists were charged the amount of money that they were because they ordered fresh fish.

They said: "The customers chose it at the counter themselves."

However, not all of the reviews of the place are unfavourable. Another visitor to the restaurant praised it on TripAdvisor for its steak and beer.

He said: "Since my visit, I have read some pretty unpleasant reviews of this place, but based on 2 x recent visits they do not appear fully justified."

Well, there's two sides to every story.

This isn't the only story recently about huge restaurant bills.

Back in May an American tourist was charged €836 (£738) for a meal on the Greek island of Mykonos

That's some expensive calamari. Credit: TripAdvisor
That's some expensive calamari. Credit: TripAdvisor

The enraged holidaymaker also shared his receipt and wrote: "This place is a rip off.

"The staff is not honest and refuse to provide a menu and prices. AVOID THIS PLACE AT ALL COSTS! No pun intended."

I dunno, it's a pretty good pun to be fair.

The owner of the restaurant, called DK Oyster, said: "We regret the language of the person who posted this photo. Indeed, the prices are correct.

"Although we feel that they reflect the level of our efforts, care and the quality of the food served in one of the world's most coveted beaches, we can sympathise with an unsatisfied customer.

"However, the word trap is not fair. Why is a luxury hotel allowed to charge 200-500 euros per night and nobody compares it to a room to let?

"Why does a customer of a small retailer pay for a jacket 50.00 euros and others charge up to thousands? Are we all criminals, thieves, bad people?

"I want to tell you from my heart that we value our customers, and we have carefully accounted for the cost in order to produce a product which we consider to be value for money.

"If you can't afford them, in order to avoid any bitterness, just opt for the special combo menu - which may not be the most satisfying option, but allows a small glimpse for those who cannot afford the experience."

Featured Image Credit: TripAdvisor

Topics: News, Food, Weird

Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a LADbible journalist and Twin Peaks enthusiast. Despite having a career in football cut short by a chronic lack of talent, he managed to obtain degrees from both the University of London and Salford. According to his French teacher, at the weekends he mostly likes to play football and go to the park with his brother.” Contact Tom on [email protected]

 

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