We sat down at 11pm (it must have been a while ago, cause now I can barely get through the 10 pm news without passing out.)
Carolyn and I were excited to have NY strips. She ordered hers with mustard sauce and I ordered mine with peppercorn sauce. About 19 minutes later the two steaks came out perfectly charred and cooked to our requested Medium Rare temperature. The steaks were on a naked plate with just a pluche of fresh herbs.
Both of our sauces came in goose necks and placed next to out steaks. As I watched Carolyn pour her sauce over the steak, just by looking and the grainy mustard and red wine sauce, I knew the cooks had hit her meal on point!
My experience was a different story. I looked at my peppercorn sauce and realized that is was just a red wine base sauce that had not been taken to the peppercorn level. (Remember, I have been cooking since 1979 professionally?)
I called the waiter over and was very sweet to him and said, "Sir,I hate to be a pest, but this is not peppercorn sauce."
He quickly looked at the sauce and said, "yes it is!".......and he walked away.
I look at Carolyn and she knew what was coming next. I got up and walked over to the waiter station, where our waiter was punching in a new order on the computer screen.
Again I say, " Sir- my sauce is not peppercorn sauce! It is red wine sauce and that is not what I requested with my steak!!!!"
With that the waiter walks over to our table, grabs the goose neck of sauce and pours about a 1/4 ounce of sauce directly into the palm of his fleshy hand.
The next thing he does is stick out his Gene Simmons tongue and slurps up the sauce that was in his hand and says, " you are correct, this is not peppercorn sauce."
He races back to the kitchen and gets me the correct sauce, never apologized about his actions and carried on as if nothing ever happened.
It was so incredibly over the top, I thought we were on Candid Camera or Punked!
Instead of flipping out over his Tongue infraction, we ate our steaks and got the hell out of there!
You can't make this stuff up!