same disscution over and over again. before it was about the prices of the lazy pug, and now about the prices of the tex mex. People here must understand these things all cost money. Rent, food prices, electricity, gas, oil all cost a lot of money, and more every year. workers salaries are also going up quickly. You want English speaking staff, cooks that understand hygene, or decent management? they all cost high salaries. I don't know about other places but where I'm coming from the tip system itself pays for the waiters and staff and owners don't even have to pay them salaries. Here no one would ever ask you to add 15% of your entire meal for 'service fee'.
That said, the bosses of the restaurants ARE obviously trying to make profit of their business, but what's wrong with that? For an industry that 80% of all businesses are closing within the first year, F&B is one of the least rewarding investments. It takes huge amounts of time, money and energy, and the potential profit is usually minor. it's only fair that the very few restaurant that do it right should make a profit of it. If it wasn't for this slim chance, no one would ever want to open a restaurant and us the customers will be the main losers. Peter's have been doing a good job for many years so the boss desrves his success. They don't serve amazing food but it's not bad as well. The service is very good, and the enviroment is pretty comfortable as well.
I always feel wrong when I see the foreigners complaining about life cost in Chengdu. Everyone here can make 150/h just for having a white face. I don't think anywhere in the world you could work only 10 hours a week and live like a king in a big central apartment without roommates, pay school tuition and eat 2 meals outside everyday. And also I don't think there are many places that one could pay for a nice portion of meat, vegtebles and carbs with less than 30 min. worth of salary.
Western food doesn't cost like the back alley noodles shop. If you want cheap and good noodles go to the back alley, and if you want to eat western food prepare to pay a few more kuais. It's fair enough