A Hull takeaway owner has spoken out after a customer accused him of having a “sexist” menu with food specifically designed for women.
The Godfather in Grandale, Sutton Park, offers a “Ladies Specials” menu, which includes tuna or chicken mixed with pasta swirls, with mayonnaise or dressing and mixed salad.
The woman, who does not want to be named, said she is “completely perplexed” as to why the takeaway has used gender in its menu.
Mr Ali, who bought The Godfather in 2014, said it is the first time the takeaway has had a complaint about the specials and that he had inherited the menu from its previous owner.
However, the woman says she does not “intend to ever buy food” from The Godfather and would be “surprised if the language used hasn’t been complained about before”.
She said: “It is attributing certain foods to women, inferring that the rest of the menu is for men, that women shouldn’t eat these ‘male’ foods and watch their weight.
“I have never, and don’t intend to ever, buy food from this venue and don’t want to be associated with it in any way.
“I made this observation on the journey from my letterbox to the recycle bin, which is where the endless takeaway flyers I receive go immediately.
“I’d be surprised if the language used hasn’t been complained about before, but perhaps people aren’t always tuning into these subtle manipulations of gender sterotypes. It doesn’t feel right that this is on their menu.”
Mr Ali said he would be more than happy to change the menu title for the woman but insists he has never had a complaint like this before.
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He said: “The menu was made by the old owner and when we bought it in 2013 or 2014 we didn’t want to change anything at all and kept everything the same so we still serve everything that was on that menu.
“No one else has complained about it, this is the first time I’ve heard it.
“I would just like to say we are sorry but this food (the ‘Ladies Specials’) is for everyone and the rest of the menu is for everyone.
“Maybe we can try and change it, maybe it will be better but for the last five years no one else has complained.”
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