Bloke mercilessly mocked after complaining that his restaurant Christmas dinner wasn't ‘traditional’ enough

A DAD  has complained that his children's Christmas dinner was "ruined" after they were served chicken and chips at an Indian restaurant.

Rick Arpino visited the Ruposhi Indian Bar & Restaurant in Bury on Christmas Day – with his partner and their four children.

He said he ordered two Indian dinners for the adults and traditional Christmas dinners for the children.

Instead, he said the four children were served chicken, chips, and half a fried tomato.

He posted scathing reviews on Facebook and Tripadvisor, writing on the latter: "My partner and our 4 children visited today for a Christmas meal and were thoroughly disappointed with what occurred!!

"I confirmed the booking over the phone – 2 Indian dinners for the adults and trad Xmas for the children.

"I then visited pre-visit (only) for the manager to inform myself that they had decided not to serve turkey but chicken instead because of a lack of bookings – fair enough not a huge change and the kids probably  wouldn't notice anyways.

"WOW!! Yes I knew the meat had changed but to not bother informing myself that they had decided not to serve up the Xmas trimmings at all and had swapped them for CHIPS and half a FRIED TOMATO – seriously!!

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"What an absolute farce of a restaurant – Xmas Dinner ruined for our children on the whim.of this establishment

"Why advertise a choice of menus and then change it to please themselves – obviously a cost issue but to attempt to charge £30 for a plate of chicken and chips is a joke!

"We were not the only ones to suffer this either as the same happened on the later sitting.

"Stay away as they don't care about you."

However, the Ruposhi Indian Restaurant said that it rang up its customers in advance of Christmas Day to take their orders – and to explain that they were no longer serving a traditional Christmas dinner menu due to a lack of interest.

Since the complaint was published, hundreds of people have left comments.

"I think Christmas dinner was ruined the second you decided to go for an Indian for a Christmas dinner!," said Peter Holden, responding to the post on the What's On In Ramsbottom Facebook page.

And John Southworth said: "Ruposhi is a fabulous Indian restaurant serving wonderful Indian food, we love it there. 

“However, it would probably be low down on my list of places to host a 'traditional' British Christmas lunch. Maybe try another establishment rather than giving it a bad review?"

Rachel Bowen went to Ruposhi on Christmas Day – and said she was told

they weren't doing Christmas dinner when she booked.

She said: "We went yesterday couldn't fault it we all had the curry amazing. After all it is a Indian curry house. 

“If you wanted English food I would suggest you to go a pub or somewhere. 

“They did come round asking if everything was ok so really you should off said something and not slag them off all over Facebook."

The restaurant's manager, Shah Munim, has said that he's written to Tripadvisor to complain about the review.

He also explained the reason the restaurant did not serve traditional Christmas dinners.

He said that it was not worth 'all the hard work' to prepare a traditional British Christmas dinner when there had been so few customers ordering it.

"We want to please our customers. We gave them options. And they chose

chicken and chips," he claimed.

"I fully agree with them, they're not happy. I did my best," Mr Munim said.

"But unfortunately after leaving they wrote on Facebook and Tripadvisor. I don't know why they're doing that," he said.

The Ruposhi served around 80 customers on Christmas Day on Saturday, December 25.

One of those customers left a five-star review.

"We came for Christmas day six off us excellent food yet again fantastic service and staff curries was spot on. Thank you for a lovely meal," the user Vacation57473667691 said.

Mr Shah has been running the restaurant for 11 years and says that he has been struggling bringing all of his customers back into the restaurant post-lockdown.

"It's a very hard time to run a business right now," he said.

He said that negative reviews can impact his business.

"It's easy for them to write a review on Tripadvisor but it's hard to run a business and to keep customers happy," he said.

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