A Sichuan restaurant in Sydney will reportedly sue the Daily Telegraph after they published an article claiming that the eatery charged native English speakers 10% more than Chinese customers. The restaurant was ironically bombarded with racial abuse as a result. The Daily Mail reports:
A story in Sydney’s Daily Telegraph newspaper claimed the Yin Li SIchuan Chinese Restaurant charged English-speaking customers ‘more than 10 per cent extra per dish’ than on the Chinese language menu.
Since the story appeared, the restaurant has been the subject of at least ten racist telephone threats, Ms Zhang said, as well as a torrent of abuse directed to the restaurant online.
Ren Zhou Lawyers representing the Yin Li Sichuan told the Daily Mail Australia the owners were considering legal action. Lawyer Ying Zhang said the owner flatly denied ever telling the reporter there was a ‘secret price’ for Chinese customers.
This is despite the article stating: ‘Yin Li Sichuan restaurant owner Diana suggested [the price difference] was meant to be a secret among Asian customers.’
The owner reportedly chalked the price difference up to the fact that some of the older menus had not been updated. Said Diana, “the difference between the prices is only for three items on the menu, and it is because of a printing error. The Chinese menu had not been updated.”
Still, it’s a bit suspect as TripAdvisor users had been accusing Yin Li of racism long before the article’s publication, many hinting at the fact that there were indeed two entirely different menus:
Stephanie D: Racist. Two menus – one for Chinese (cheaper) one for others (dearer). Food poor (on cheap menu) – Spicy Pork = streamed pork covered by basic sweet chile sauce. Service just okay. Wine slightly over priced. Will never eat there again or encourage others. Racism is its worst form.
AnkaliwynyardIf you are not Chinese, do not eat here! We asked why other customers got a different menu and dishes and the waitress told us that was the Chinese only menu! “Spicy pork” was pork with heavy dose of sweet chilli sauce. Not something remotely delicious. Fish and black bean was overcooked frozen basa with flour coating. Service poor. Toilets smelt. Broken tap and door handle. My advice – go elsewhere.
Anonymous: One of many Chinatown restuarants touting for business we were lured in by the menu. After going upstairs we decided that streetside eating was much more entertaining as the upstairs room was completely enclosed and very ordinary. There are two types of menu offered here but we were only shown the more expensive one until it came to wanting to order a small plate of vegetables when we discovered we could have had soup, entree, a small main and rice for a much cheaper price than our two mains to share cost us. Th meal was OK but not spectacular and we felt slightly cheated by not having the other menu explained to us originally.
And ‘foreigner tax‘ is not unheard of even when the “foreigners” are actually the locals and the taxers are well, foreigners.
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