Food blogger's post about pizza restaurant charging $15 to cut birthday cake sparks debate

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We have all heard of a corkage fee understandably imposed by some restaurants, where you bring your own wine and pay for it to be opened and served to you.

But what about a 'cakeage fee'?

Food blogger and owner of ieatishootipost Dr Leslie Tay shared how a pizza restaurant that he visited for dinner had wanted to charge $15 to cut a birthday cake on its premises.

In a Facebook post on Dec 9, Dr Tay said he hoped that this "anti-celebratory" practice would not become the new norm in Singapore.

So surprised that the pizza restaurant we just had dinner at just told us that they charge $15 if we wish to cut our...

Posted by ieatishootipost on Sunday, 9 December 2018

He wrote: "I was a guest at the celebration, so I only found out about the $15 charge when it was time to cut the cake. My hosts did not ask at the time of the reservation because we did cut a birthday cake there earlier in the year. They were informed when they handed the cake to the restaurant. Apparently, they started to imposed it in Sep.

"In the end, we took the cake home to cut, because the birthday girl just did not feel it’s worth $15 to cut a 600g cake. It did burst the bubble on an otherwise joyous occasion."

According to Channel NewsAsia, the food establishment in question was the Peperoni Pizzeria restaurant at Frankel Avenue in Katong.

Parent company of the Peperoni Pizzeria chain, Les Amis Group, confirmed the 'cakeage' fee and said it was rolled out at all Peperoni outlets in September.

Netizens are divided over Dr Tay's post.

Some found the extra fee "ridiculous" and unacceptable".

Others felt that the cakeage fee was justified.

What do you think about cakeage fees and would you pay?

6 foods that are too expensive in Singapore

  • We are not referring to our local selection such as our favourite kopi O and kopi C. We have no qualms paying $1.20 for them at our local coffee shop.

    Rather, what we are referring to is the branded coffee being served at big coffee chains such as Starbucks and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. We are not saying that the coffee in these places don't taste good, but rather, that we are overpaying for them compared to what the rest of the world is paying.

  • For example, the price of a Venti size fresh brewed coffee in the US is about US$2.45 (or about S$3.43 based on exchange rate of US$1 to S$1.40). In Singapore, the same coffee would cost us $4.70.

    In the US, a freshly brewed tall coffee can be bought for as little as US$1.75. This is in fact quite similar to what we are now paying for our coffee in local outlets such as Ya Kun or Toastbox. (Photo: Shutterstock.com)

  • Since the days of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, kids have enjoyed eating pizzas. It is common to see pizzas being served and shared in Singapore during birthday parties for both kids and adults.

    Yet like many popular local cuisine, pizza actually started out as a food meant for the poor. The poor folks in Italy (where pizza originated from), who could only afford basic ingredients such as flour, olive oil, tomatoes, herbs and cheese created pizzas that were sold by food vendors on the streets. The original pizzas, the Marinara and the Margherita, contained no meat and were meant to be affordable to the masses.

  • In Singapore however, pizzas are seen as a slightly pricier type of food with many popular pizza providers such as Domino's Pizza and Pizza Hut charging about $20 per pizza. Yet in countries such as Australia, it is possible to pick up a pizza from either of these outlets for no more than AUD$5 per pizza. In Italy, you would also be able to find a range of affordable and delicious pizzas at around the same price. (Photo: Shutterstock.com)
  • Mexican food is a unique alternative compared to what we are used to in Asia. Basic staples include beans, corns and various types of peppers and sauces. When you include meat into the meal, popular local dishes such as tacos, quesadillas and burrito are created.

    Many of these famous Mexican foods are essentially street food. The wraps, rice, corns, beans, peppers, meats and salsa can be combined easily to form one delicious and irresistible food item. Once again, they are meant for the masses to enjoy at affordable price.

  • In Singapore, possibly due to an absence of choices, Mexican food can be extremely expensive. A set of three tacos served alongside with rice and beans at Cafe Iguana (which we really enjoy going) can easily cost about $24.

    In Mexico, a good taco can easily be bought for about S$1. Even Taco Bell sells its tacos for about US$1.40 in the States. We wish they would make a return back to Singapore one day. (Photo: Shutterstock.com)

  • Yoghurts (or froyo) are a great alternative to ice cream. The yoghurt craze has recently caught on in Singapore with yoghurt chains like llaollao being the talk of the town. (Photo: Shutterstock.com)
  • A llaollao yoghurt does not come cheap. At about $6 per serving with toppings, this frozen yoghurt costs about the same price as a full meal at a coffee shop or a fast food chain.

    We are not going to debate with the thousands of fans they have about the taste of the product, but we wonder if they really should be so expensive as an after meal dessert?

  • We absolutely love doughnuts, especially good ones. Unfortunately, we don't get to enjoy doughnuts as often as we would like simply because it is much more expensive than we think it should be.
  • For example, an original glazed doughnut from Krispy Kreme cost about $2.60. Compare that to the price of the same doughnut from the US, which costs about US$1 (or S$1.40 after conversion) and you can see why we are not so keen to pay so much to get our doughnut fix.
  • Let's face it. It is hard to find cheap Korean food in Singapore (we are excluding the token Korean food stall that every food courts seems to have that claims to sells "Korean" food).

    One of the most popular Korean food is army stew (aka budae jjigae). When you dig beneath its history, you would appreciate how it came about. The "army stew" was created by mixing local Korean staples such as kimchi and noodles along with food obtained from leftover combat ration from the US army such as luncheon meat and hot dog, thus creating a delicious one pot meal that had a balance of carbohydrate, protein and fibres. (Photo: Shutterstock.com)

  • It might taste good, but there is no reason (in our opinion) why the ingredients used in the dish warrant such an expensive price in Singapore. (Photo: Shutterstock.com)
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