It has completely gone out of fashion in Aust since paywave came in.
Mind you, the other night in a pizza restaurant I got slugged for the bread basket which had been brought to me spontaneously, and the water which I'd said yes to turned out to be bottled and at a cost (so I stubbornly drank the entire 750mL and hobbled home with my legs crossed).
The next night I found a 'Snack Bar' which turned out to be more the other sort of bar - although they did have "toast" which is genuinely considered a snack in Italy - and they brought me a complimentary bowl of crisps along with my Hugo (Tash, you really should try one of these!) :)
Was tipping ever in fashion in Australia? I've never done it. I might be more inclined to if prices weren't so ridiculous though (our pasta meals cost around $8 each at a pub last night but you wouldn't pay anything less than $18 in Perth).
Your water story reminds me of our trip through the transfer area at Dohar on Monday when I suddenly realised I had a bottle with about 500ml in it and you couldn't take fluids through the security screening so I smashed it down in one hit. My stomach did not thank me.
Beware the plates/jugs that just appear at the table. The locals seem to have a casual wave of the hand - dismissive - but you have to be quick.
I should really try crisps? What is a Hugo? Is that a drink?
I think we shall try to avoid restaurants and stick to pub grub places... shouldn't be an issue if we continue to raid the hotel breakfast bar for our packed lunches :P
Basically, Hugo is a cocktail with Prosecco, elderflower syrup, soda water, lime and mint. Plus lots of ice. So it's really light & refreshing :)
Pooh the guys at work warned me about Prosecco. Told me it tastes horrible but that I should try it because "women have different tastes so maybe you'll like it". Then they did a group shudder. I'll give it a go sometime!