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As a foodservice professional, I can tell you that a well-managed restaurant with trained staff will always want to ensure guest satisfaction.

I mention training, because at one of the restaurants where I worked, we frequently served a special called "Rare Sesame Tuna." The staff was instructed to call it by that name when they were doing their verbal presentation of the specials and to describe it as "seared on the outside and cool and rare on the inside." Any guest that said they wanted the dish, but wanted it medium rare or higher, was allowed to do so without any negative comments from the server.

On those occasions when the tuna was sent back to be cooked up, it was almost always as a result of the server not properly naming or describing the dish. (ie: a training issue)

You are quite right to realize that since you are paying, you should get what you want. This is not to say that a guest has the "right" to "demand" just "anything." In a restaurant that does not have a grill, it is unreasonable to expect the chef to "just grill it for me instead of sauteing it" or to demand fried shrimp in a restaurant that does not have it on the menu just because "you have shrimp and you have a fryer, so I want fried shrimp."

It has been my experience that the combination of guest-satisfaction-attuned management and reasonable and polite guest requests almost always results in a positive outcome.

Just my 2 cents.

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