Something smells really fishy here.
Recently, a story on Facebook went viral on various social media platforms after a man shared his experience of being overcharged by a mamak restaurant in Kuala Lumpur on 20 November.
The popular mamak restaurant is located at Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, where Faudzy Azrafudeen Sayed Mohamed brought his family for dinner. It was only after they finished their meal when they got a look at the bill that racked up to RM968.50 in total. The most expensive dish? Curry Fish Head.
According to Faudzy Asrafudeen Sayed Mohamed, he ordered four bowls of fish head curry that totalled up to RM600. If you do the maths, each bowl costs around RM150.
“On Saturday, I took my family and my future in-laws for dinner at Pelita Jalan Ampang… to my astonishment when the bill came, while the rest of the food bills seems reasonable, what surprised me is the cost of the four fish heads which I ordered,” the man wrote on Facebook.
According to The Star, Faudzy Asrafudeen Sayed Mohamed, 56, said that he had not expected that a simple meal at a restaurant would be that expensive. He said that from experience, restaurants usually charge RM50 to RM80 for a bowl of curry fish head. Assuming that the restaurant would charge the same, he didn’t check the menu.
“I didn’t look at the menu because I usually know the average price to pay. Even though I had budgeted for this meal, I was shocked to see the price of the fish head curry there.”
Perplexed and shocked, Faudzy asked the cashier to explain to him on the overcharged bill.
“I asked the cashier to explain the bill to me. He said that the price of the curry depended on the size of the fish head. If the head is big, it will be priced between RM120 and RM150, while the smaller ones would be between RM60 and RM80,” he said.
Even so, he believed that the price was expensive due to the location of the restaurant in Kuala Lumpur’s Golden Triangle.
After the fiasco, Faudzy, who works as a director of market development in a company, said he had no intention of lodging a complaint with the authorities.
“I decided to just pay the bill. I ate the meal, so there was no reason to not pay the bill. But I want to warn others so that they won’t fall prey to this like we did.”
He continued to warn the public to be aware of the prices on the menu before ordering food.
“If you go to any restaurant, check the menu for the prices before making your order. You need to ask for the menu first, especially if you want to eat fish head curry,” he said.
He added that restaurant owners play an important part in providing this service to their patrons.
“If a customer wants to order fish head curry, tell them the price range for the dishes – the prices for small, medium, and large dishes. The workers also need to explain this rather than just take orders, so that when people pay their bills, they won’t be surprised,” said Faudzy.
Do you think it’s absolutely bonkers to charge RM600 for fish head? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section!