Inflated bills at Boat Basin

Takeaway from Boat Basin has become yet another extortion scheme. I’ve noticed this for a while now that when you sit in your car and order something, the amount that you’re asked to pay is routinely 15-20% more than the actual bill. Then when you ask for an itemised breakdown the waiter feigns confusion and sheepishly admits to having ‘miscalculated’, which is a load of rubbish because they never err on the lesser sider.

It could be that the underpaid waiters aren’t tipped by all customers, but I suspect that it’s just a bit of roguishness on their part as they’ve figured out that an extra 30-40 rupees won’t be noticed by most people driving up in cars. Either way, pay attention to what you’re asked to pay for at Boat Basin!

8 Comments so far

  1. Imran (unregistered) on September 20th, 2006 @ 2:44 pm

    Why is it that by mistake the bill is always 15%-20% higher, and not lower :).

    Khair anyways I always tip better so that next time i get a better service, and HOPE that he is charging me proper amount.


  2. Bamboo (unregistered) on September 20th, 2006 @ 5:12 pm

    Good that you brought this but its not something new man! Boat basin is some 20 years old and the waiters were doing the same thing way back in 1985 as well.. this will never change!

    one option = just be careful, thats it. We’ve had a detailed conversation with some waiters many a times; some have fakes stories but some are real needy people who get around PKR 1000/- or less a month (some young ones) and they think high of the tip we pay them. IMHO, they are the right people and if we have enough money that we are living a good life then we should pay them a bit higher tip.. they deserve it..


  3. Jamash (unregistered) on September 20th, 2006 @ 10:08 pm

    Charging more can’t be Justified for anything, and I have noticed this practice in many restaurants around the city. As for the tip, these waiters really deserve a good tip because most of them a really needy people, We must tip them generously . .

    That remained me, some 10 year back we (I and my parents) had dinner with one of my father’s friend (and his family), In the end after we cleared the bill we left some money for the tip, as we moved away from our table our guest who was left behind picked up that tip and stuffed it in his own pocket. I had to make an excuse to enter the restaurant again to tip back the poor waiter.


  4. IllusionFS (unregistered) on September 20th, 2006 @ 11:45 pm

    I tend to ignore this if the waiter has served me right, but mostly I tell em to give me itemised billing and I tip them according to the service and honesty.. This happens at various restaurants around the city. But it never happened to me at a Ban-kebab Wala.. at a Seekh kebab ka thaila, or the biryani or nihari ki dukaan, or mitthai walay .. it usually happens where the waiters suspect you to be some dumb rich kid.. but little do they know that as a general rule, rich people are more educated and smarter.. Anyways.. It never happened to me in Punjab..


  5. mansoor (unregistered) on September 21st, 2006 @ 10:13 am

    I agree! its with all these waiters roaming outside! I now just get out of the car, and go order myself :p


  6. Poo Poo Head (unregistered) on September 21st, 2006 @ 11:02 am

    Actually I have a different understanding. I tip good even if the service is bad. Then in return I would ask Allah mian to give me bargain on judgement day. Honetsly I feel like that. I dont judge people so hope Allah mian would not judge me.

    One more reason, I myself have worked as waiter so I guess few extra Rs would not make a difference to your final check but that lil money could help one a lot.


  7. Imran (unregistered) on September 21st, 2006 @ 7:28 pm

    Jamash: dude that is exactly what happened with me, and also way long time back and with father and his friends family :D … my father literally sighed down went back in making an excuse and re-tipped.


  8. Sheza (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 2:08 am

    I do agree with everyone that’s commented above. I’d just like to point out the neurosis of tipping. Why is it that we tip in hundreds at restaurants like marriot and sheraton but in tens(20, 30 or 40 rupees) at places like boatbasin? even when we lived in karachi, we had a couple of favorite restaurants at boat basin and as a general rule, we’d ask for the same waiter at each one. i usually tipped them according to what i would tip for a similar service at fujiyama or the chinese rest in avari. we talked to them with the same respect as well. and subhanAllah! i can not tell u how awesome their service is the next time you go there. the respect and speed with which they serve u is amazing. infact, there were times, they’d walk all the way to baloch icecream to pick up our dessert for us too! it all boils down to how much respect u show them.



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