Dear Stir Fry Cafe,
I am writing you today to share about my recent experience at your fine dining establishment. What had happened was, my lady friend asked me if I'd like to join her for an impromptu lunch date. Not being able to come up with a joint to recommend myself, she asked if I'd be game for joining her at your place as she is a personal fan and frequently studies there during breaks. I've only eaten there one other time, and thought it was pretty good. I like the layout, and the artistic atmosphere is quite welcoming. It screams sophistication, never mind the fact that it is located in a strip mall. Yours is a gem in the rough.
Arriving just prior to 12:45pm, I sat down and found a table tent located on the condiment tray that was used to house the various sugar packets, extra chop sticks and the soy sauce. It read, "Half Price Sushi Every Wednesday & Saturday." You can view a photo of this advertisment here: http://i.imgur.com/7swoA.jpg.
That was my queue to order up a storm, and so I ordered the Stir Fry Roll, and a couple sets of nigiri pieces, while the lady ordered an eel roll. Between the lot of us, we shared a few beers as well.
And so we dined on sushi and beer until we were full, at which point the server brought us our check. And let me say, we were both surprised to find that it totaled out to nearly $50 for our lunch. We studied the check to find that we were charged full price on the sushi (my roll costing nearly $12), and then glanced back over at the advertisement sitting on our table... I lifted it up and out of the compartment that it sat in on the condiment tray to find that there was a small banner at the very bottom which read something along the lines of "After 4pm."
Sly. Very, very sly. Had there been an asterisk somewhere within view, I would've lifted up the entire ad to see what the stipulation was. Flat out, I feel cheated. Not just because of the hidden terms, but also because there isn't anything on your sushi menu that should cost nearly $12. Hailing from a coastal town, I've had quality sushi... and yours is merely average. Maybe it costs more because you have to get it transported inland, but I'd never ordinarily pay anything over $10 for even the best prepared sushi.
That said, I do appreciate the friendliness of your server and the cleanliness of your restaurant. I do hope to visit again if my lady friend wishes my company, but will carry with me the thought of this somewhat negative experience.