I have just had a stunned trip back to my hotel, having left this restaurant only an hour ago and am cannot believe what has happened.
During the beginning of my meal, I was aware and a little worried about plates of raw fish and vegetables which were being brought from the kitchen and left uncovered under the "Teppanyaki" cooking area. The salmon for the guests next to me must have been there at least 10 minutes with no chef taking care that it was correctly stored or quickly cooked.
Whilst enjoying what I thought was a reasonable Teppanyaki meal from a taste point of view, I was then alerted by a couple near me of a mouse that was running across the top of the counter and which the chef was trying to catch, without anyone noticing.
We both brought it to the staff's attention, but no-one seemed to want to recognise the fact that vermin were crawling over the cooking area and the raw food.
I immediately decided to leave and incredulously the staff wanted to charge me for a full meal (even though I had not eaten all of it and that I had Mouse for company!). They said there was no Manager on duty, then after a few minutes suddenly a Manager arrived. He suggested that the "mouse visits" happened a lot - "what can I do, Amsterdam is full of them, we have traps down, what am I supposed to do, shut the restaurant?".
My answer, was Yes. If you can't keep raw food safe, don't keep it at all.
I think I will end up being just another visitor who won't go back, but because it's Amsterdam and so busy, it won't matter.
Maybe though, for at least a day or so, they might cover the raw food laying waiting on the shelf if full access to the vermin!
I won't be returning.
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