The port town of Kusadasi, Turkey sees a lot of cruise-ship tourists who get off the boat to see Ephesus, the largest Roman ruins in the world. Consequently, some businesses here see tourists as easy money. We discovered predatory pricing in two restaurants in this coastal town: Holiday Inn and Carpediem. We got tricked by the first but avoided the second.
Until we got the bill. It was 60 TL, twice what we expected to pay! Piecing together what happened (each person is charged 30 TL), we confront the waiter/manager. He angrily points at the menu and insists we ordered 2 dishes. Interesting because we didn't get twice the food that was pictured. We just got an extra plate of garnish. The establishment was being deliberately misleading from the menu to the way the waiter described the dish. The couple eating next to us were just as surprised when they got their bill. I'll admit the food was good, but I hate being taken for a fool.
The next day, we are looking for some food and some WiFi to do some Internet tippy-tappin' when we find a place that has lots of pictures of local food with cheap prices. This place is called Carpediem and is a case-study in copyright infringement, judging by their TGIFriday's decor.
The waiter guides us to our table and cleans off the white paper placemats, which look like menus to us. He sets two fancy, yellow, laminated menus in front of us. We start perusing the menu and notice the prices are 2-3x higher than on the big, colorful banner outside. Wait a minute! We tell the waiter we want to order from the local menu, the white paper ones. Here are some pictures for comparison (sorry the first one is blurry):
Town isn't all that bad: lively (we saw drunk guys in a fist/knife/lamppost fight with the parking mafia guys). Our couch-surfing host was an energetic and extremely hospitable guy. The weather was splendid. All this will be covered in another post.