Restaurants take great effort to entice tourists and locals, and they charge for it. Then they go and spoil it all by putting out boards saying stuff like ‘Wrack of Lamb’ and offering ‘Samwiches’ on the menu. I’m not saying spoken English needs to be perfect, but for a menu or advertisement, it just makes the food look bad.
Why does spelling matter? See here. It really does matter, so much so that companies like Amazon pay people to spell check reviews. Whether the review is negative often matters less than if the spelling makes it look dumb.
At most restaurants I don’t care. My lunch kade has a menu which could be rife with typos but I haven’t even looked at it. I pay Rs. 100 and ask for lunch. When places are charging over Rs. 1000, however, the bad spelling leaves a bad taste in your mouth. Take La Rambla on Hotel Avenue, Mount Lavinia. They’ve redone a nice colonial house, have tasteful furnishings and I recently saw a Porsche Panamera parked outside. I ate there once and it’s pretty good. Yet their posted menu is retarded.
First off ‘Weekliy’ specials. Why? Then there’s the ‘Wrack of Lamb’. I had to look this up, but taken literally that would mean shipwrecked lamb or seaweed lamb, neither of which is desirable. Rack of Lamb is also disturbing if you think about it too much (could be boobs of lamb, or tortured lamb), but it’s generally accepted.
What really gets gets me is ‘Poulet a la Chicken’. Poulet means chicken in French. That would literally be Chicken a la Chicken. I mean, seriously.