A London restaurant has come up with a novel idea to drum up custom in the economic downturn: letting customers decide how much they want to pay for their meal.
The Little Bay restaurant in Farringdon is offering the all-you-can-eat deal for the rest of this month, to cater for credit crunch hit workers from the nearby City financial district.
“It’s entirely up to each customer whether they give £100 or a penny,” said owner Peter Ilic. “All I’m asking is they pay me what they think the food and service is worth.
“It just seemed the right thing to do with everyone under the cosh and feeling pretty miserable. We have seen so many more City folk coming into the restaurant lately, looking for a better value lunch,” he added.
The menu ranges from starters like oriental duck to whole bones poussin for main courses, or straight burgers for the more down-to-earth diners.
Normal prices vary from £2.25 (NT$109) for a starter to £8.80 (NT$426) for a main course, which are already competitive prices for central London.
Drinks are not included in the offer, although “tap water will be freely available,” said the eatery.
under the cosh 壓力很大
When somebody is under the cosh they are under a lot of pressure. In the article, workers from the financial district are under pressure.
Examples: “The defense was under the cosh for most of the game, but they managed to hold out until the final whistle,” or “Many businesses are under the cosh at the moment and some will probably be forced out of business.”
當某人「under the cosh」，表示他們壓力很大。文章中說，金融區的上班族都承受著壓力。
1. novel adj.
新穎的 (xin1 ying3 de5)
例: Ray had a novel idea about how to improve sales.
2. cater v.i./v.t.
滿足需要 (man3 zu2 xu1 yao4)
例: The hotel catered for our every need, and we had a great time.
3. competitive adj.
有競爭力的 (you3 jing4 zheng1 li4 de5)
例: You might think this car is expensive, but the price is actually competitive.
4. freely adv.
無拘束地 (wu2 ju1 shu4 de5)
例: Workers are allowed to move freely throughout the building.
Ronald: How’s business at your new restaurant?
Ivor: Not that good. I seem to spend all day twiddling my thumbs waiting for customers to come in.
Ronald: That doesn’t sound too good. What do you think the problem is?
Ivor: I’m not sure. I’ve got a great chef and all the waiters are well trained.
Ronald: I wonder of there’s something wrong with concept. Perhaps the public just aren’t ready for rice and vegetable pizzas yet.
Ivor: Do you think so? I think they taste great!
twiddle your thumbs 很無聊
If somebody is twiddling their thumbs, they are bored and have nothing to do. For example: “Since he retired, Joe spends all day at home twiddling his thumbs.”
若某人「twiddle their thumbs」，就表示他們覺得很無聊，無事可做。例如：「喬自從退休後，每天都在家裏閒得發慌」。
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