Constant battle for me when I go out for Indian food to ask for no cilantro. Since it’s usually a finishing garnish, I don’t think I’m asking for too much. But half the time, no matter how much I ask and remind the waiter, especially after we’re done ordering and it’s read back to us, the dishes come out with the cilantro on top. It’s frustrating.
Weirdly enough, I can deal with the background flavor in pico de gallo or red salsa or guacamole if it’s a sprinkling well mixed into it. But if it’s too high of a ratio, I have to pass. Which stinks since I love chips and salsa and guac.