There are too many good things to say about my recent experience travelling in Western China. Chengdu itself is a hot pot – full of mist, spice, and surprises. If you do go to Chengdu and crave some good American food, hit up Pete’s Tex Mex (address can be found on Google, but it’s 彼得西餐饭馆，科华路）and give it the brownie test. The have on the menu two brownies, one’s called brownie sundae and one’s called Texas Brownie. The former is 15 kuai, the latter is 18. We ordered two brownie sundaes, and they charged us for two Texas Brownies. When we pointed it out, the waitress said “But I brought you a Texas Brownie, you should pay for it” (the customer is rarely right in China). But we stood our ground and after a minute or two of feigned embarrassment, the waitress finally fixed the price.
This “brownie incident,” it turns out, has also happened to another friend who visited Pete’s in the past. And why not? Waitresses don’t get tips in China, so to charge a foreigner and extra few RMB and pocket the money, at the end of the day, can go a long way for her. Especially if the foreigner cannot read the bill in Chinese.
Props to Pete’s food. Try the brownie test. And laowais, beware of this happening to you anywhere. Always read your 买单s.