DOES anyone else find it irritating, not to say embarrassing, when a waiter or waitress, on bringing the bill to the table at the end of a meal, doesn't stop at discretely showing the total amount to the recipient but announces it in a loud voice for all to hear? Personally when I am taking friends or business associates to lunch or dinner, I prefer that they do not know how much it has cost. James Wareham, Mid-Levels. MY husband and I have been visiting my son in Hong Kong for the past two weeks. A couple of times we have made the journey over to Kowloon to try to have tea at The Peninsula. After all, the guidebooks and magazines say it is the thing to do. Alas, when weget there we find a queue of people of all nationalities waiting for tables. We were told we would have to wait half an hour. As there was no sign of anywhere to sit while we waited, both of us being in our 80s, we decided to give it up as a bad job. Instead, we walked to the nearby McDonald's where we were served a nice cup of hot tea immediately. We now take the Star Ferry for the ride and go to Mcdonald's and don't even bother with The Peninsula. Frances Maxwell, Devon, UK. SOMEONE at La Bodega must have read Francis Piron's letter (November 7) because last weekend, I visited the restaurant and managed to persuade the Spanish waiter to provide fondue for three people. (Mr Piron had complained that the restaurant would only serve fondue to groups of four or more people.) My only complaint is that the fondue pots are too high on the table, so I kept dropping my bread into the cheese sauce. M.K Barker, Causeway Bay.