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Captive market breeds low-quality kosher restaurants

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Johannesburg Jews are a captive market for kosher restaurants. Mostly it is a hit-and-miss affair. Often, when guests are finished eating or almost finished eating, the waiter comes over and enquires how the food is. Sometimes there is no enquiry.
by Neville Cynkin, Johannesburg | Aug 10, 2018

Last Sunday, we went to a kosher restaurant and the food was awful. My wife and I ate a very small portion of our food. The waiter came to present the bill. Though it was obvious that not much of the food was eaten, no questions were asked. I asked for a take away packet, and I mentioned that the food was awful, to which he replied that he did not know why. I replied that I also didn’t know why.

I am led to believe this practise does happen, but very rarely at non-kosher restaurants. Is it not a bad reflection on the restaurant when patrons walk out with take away bags?

Non-kosher restaurants have to give a good service and good food at a fair price as they know that there are many restaurants out there, and a lot of competition. Kosher restaurants are primed not to enquire about the quality of the food. If we don’t complain about food and service, poor service and delivery at kosher restaurants will just carry on.


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