Last Sunday night I cooked dinner for myself at home. On Monday morning I felt fine, ate my usual breakfast of juice, coffee and toast and went to work still feeling fine. I had lunch at a cafe in St Kilda, a place I had never heard of before and which I knew nothing about. At about 1.30pm I ordered the chorizo, feta and fennel salad, pictured below, and it was tasty.
I had nothing further to eat or drink (apart from water) for the rest of the day. After work I cycled to South Yarra to see a film at the Italian Film Festival at the Como and then I cycled home feeling increasingly unwell. By about 10pm I talking to the porcelain telephone from both ends, and I continued to do this for several hours.
I slept badly and called in sick on Tuesday. I felt like I had extreme flu, aching all over and feeling extremely weak. I was likely to be food poisoning, and given the circumstances it was likely that my lunch was the cause.
I emailed the cafe on Monday night about 10.30pm:
I had the chorizo feta and fennel salad for lunch at your cafe today and I now have food poisoning, vomiting and diarrhea. I’m telling you so you can check your kitchen.
Note that I was careful only to describe the circumstances and that I did not blame them for my symptoms. I cannot prove that this meal caused my sickness, and I did not go to the doctor because while it felt horrible it did not seem serious enough to warrant it.
It’s now six days later and I have received no response. This is simply not good enough. Having subsequently read some reviews, it is a cafe that has offered coupon deals this year. If I’d known that I would not have eaten there, as I view this as a sign of a business that is failing (and which therefore may be trying to save money and cut corners in the kitchen).
The responsible thing to do is to report them to the health inspectors at the local government, the City of Port Phillip, which I will do. If you have had a similar experience, what did you do about it? Did you report it to the restaurant, and how did they respond?