Belgian wrote:If prices included service that would be great too. I like that in Germany, you basically only round up or at maximum include one more Euro; it's less of a big pretentious kabuki performance and more down to business (because who here in Ontario really pays less than 15% net, it's expected anyway.)
I've done the no tip or service included thing in Taiwan, Tokyo and Europe. In Taiwan 99% of the time service sucks as expected though there are some exceptions. Tokyo was refreshing with good to great service. I think I left a little something for the guy at Club Popeye on our second visit that trip who humoured our English and provided an all-round nice experience there.
Two exceptions in Taiwan are two high end cocktail places, one in Tainan of all places and one in Taipei. Both would fit in with contemporaries in NYC, Toronto, etc but fairly significantly cheaper than say BarChef here. (Though they're expensive for the locals.) I'm not picking on BarChef. I like the place and usually go once or twice a year. I even splurged for the Smokey on my 40th birthday. Will likely do so again for my 50th. Fuck it. YOLO as the kids say. Anyways, I think I left tips at both places as we were well taken care of. Things got a little fuzzy late in the evening at the Taipei place.
Europe was interesting. I experimented at a craft beer pub in London where it was the middle of the day with next to no patrons. I tried tipping at the start to try to encourage staff to come to me rather than the usual custom of going to the bar (there was no bar seating.) That didn't work so I stopped. I know, I know, when in Rome... Bite me! I think the only other time I tipped was in Paris at a Brooklyn-ish inspired restaurant. After mostly indifferent to outright shitty service on our trip (I did my best in French and it was obvious we weren't Americans), the waiter at this particular place was excellent. The rest of our destinations were average.
One of these days when I'm on a tropical beach somewhere I'm going to put down a sum of currency that'll make the locals eyes bulge and say while I'm in that beach chair I don't want my glass to ever be empty. I don't want to get up other than to go into the water or take a leak. I don't combine the two, I'm not a heathen.
And I don't care that the fish do it...