How it works:
- Most food places are fine, it’s generally just a few bad eggs around touristy areas that spoil it for the rest.
- Version 1: showing cheap prices on the display menu and when you enter, given a menu with no prices. The price on the bill is much higher as the cheap prices on the display menu are claimed to only be applicable for takeaways.
- Version 2: advertising good dishes at cheap prices but which are unavailable when you try to order.
- Version 3: serving dishes that were not ordered.
- Version 4: extra charges such as charging for ketchup.
Places to beware:
- Salzburg: Tokyo Restaurant
- Vienna: Grafin am Naschmarkt
What to do:
- Choose: reputable places and avoid those promoted by touts.
- Check: menu (prices, fine print), itemized bill, and do not eat what was not ordered.
- Alternative: GetYourGuide (best day tours platform in Europe) has a couple of food tours.