February 21, 2024

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Chinese restaurant’s ‘extremely honest’ menu descriptions go viral

Montreal restaurant Cuisine AuntDai went viral on social media after a customer shared its owner’s “extremely honest” menu commentary.

The menu of the Chinese restaurant includes a short review for each dish written by the establishment’s owner, Feigang Fei.

Twitter user Kim Belair, who goes by the handle @BagelofDeath, took to Twitter to share the restaurant’s menu on Jan. 10. “Aunt Dai is my favorite Chinese restaurant in Montreal, but the REAL treat is the menu, featuring extremely honest commentary from the owner,” she tweeted alongside photos of the menu.

Belair tweeted photos of dishes such as “Orange beef” and “Satay sauce beef.” As seen in one of the photos, Fei’s description of his restaurant’s orange beef dish reads, “Comparing to our General Tao Chicken, this one is not THAT good. Anyway, I am not a big fan of North American Chinese food and it’s your call.”

“This is new on our menu. I did NOT have a chance to try this one yet,” Fei wrote for the satay sauce beef dish. “According to a lot of customers, this one is very popular. I still don’t have chance to taste it. Looks like I should spend more time eating in my own restaurant.”

The tweet, which has garnered over 74,000 likes and more than 11,000 retweets as of this writing, has brought Cuisine AuntDai more publicity, resulting in more customers and features from several publications.

“After New Year’s Day, January usually is a low month for restaurant business and it started that way for us too for early 2021,” Fei shared in his blog. “Then came the tweet from mighty Kim Belair on January 10th 2021 and this event helped us a lot… I did a lot of media interviews after that tweet and for some time I felt I was famous.”

The restaurant owner also took to Twitter to thank Belair. “Hey, I am the owner of Cuisine AuntDai. Thanks to your tweet, I got a lot of press interviews. It has been a heck of a few days in my whole life,” he said in reply to Belair’s tweet. “Join Twitter to thank you. If you like, I want to talk to you. You are my first person to follow on Twitter!!!”

“We had a lot of traditional items on the menu, and customers would order something totally not what they wanted,” Fei told Today. “Something would be really greasy, or really spicy, or have bones, and customers would not touch it all, so I asked them why… I saw a lot of frustration, so after that I started writing the comments.”

“We just want to be very honest, very true to ourselves and our customers,” he added. “We don’t want them to come with high expectations and then feel disappointed. We are not always the best food restaurant, but we try to do our best every day and to satisfy our customers and not oversell anything.”

Featured Images via @BagelofDeath

 

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