I noticed a trend in some of the restaurants when calculating the bill which struck me as strange and possibly slightly underhand.
Now I understand that restaurants can charge 10% service + 13% tax on top of the bill - I have no problem with this as long as it is stated beforehand.
However some restaurants, including fire and ice, roadhouse, new Orleans and k-too to name a few were charging tax on the service charge as well (ie. 13% on the bill AND on the 10% tax).
In my opinion
Service Charge should = 10% of Bill
Tax should = 13% of Bill
Whereas the said restaurants were calculating
Tax = 13% of (Bill+Service Charge)
To the unsuspecting customer one would just pay this, however some items even stated on the bill that taxable amount was the bill+service charge. I did bring this up with a couple of the restaurants, and the staff didnt seem to understand my query - for the sake of a few rupees i wasn't bothered with the extra hassle. However it did seem odd - and something I'm sure isn't legal in the UK. It doesn't help when different restaurants have different policies, with some like Gaia and Phat Kath not even adding any extra onto the bill. Would be nice if someone could clarify the matter!