Saturday, October 23, 2010

Dinner was maddening

Mamy cafe
China's Tastiest Dumplings
42 George St Parramatta
My score: 2/5

I toyed around with the idea of giving it a zero score, but that would be OTT, especially because I thought the food was actually alright. It definitely lost 3 due to poor service and just being terribly disorganised.

When I first went into this restaurant, the first thing that hit me was the noise. It was seriously, like walking to a wall of just sound. I looked ahead and there were two big tables filled with people who were just yelling at eachother - no they weren't angry, they were simply conversing. If you have walked into a Chinese restaurant on a Saturday night, you probably know what I mean. I am actually quite accustomed to the sound, but there was something about the place that just made the sounds echo and echo, and people just talked louder to talk over the echo and the whole process would just never end.

The first problem we ran into was when the waitress asked us what we would like to drink. We asked for a jug of water, and she said that they didn't have jugs. So we asked for tea, because tea is what you would generally expect to be served in Chinese restaurants for dinner right? Five minutes later, the same waitress comes out and says they ran out of hot water (wtf?) and she would just get us some tap water. We agreed, and she came back with a 1L (i actually don't know how much water it holds, I'm just guessing) glass bottle of water. Are you thinking what I'm thinking? Okay, we did ask for a jug of water, but come on -_-.

Half an hour later, we were still sitting there without food. We also noticed that a family that had come in after us had gotten their food before us, and get this - their first dish was the first dish we had ordered. When we realised this, we started noticing that all the other tables were getting a constant flow of dishes being delivered to their table while we sat there. I don't know how many times we called over the waitress (who shall henceforth be called girl) and she would just say "I'll go check on your order for you". My dad didn't even get his beer within the first 1/2 hr, and even when we asked the girl about it, she said "ohh", went to go get it (or so we thought) and proceeded to deliver another dish to another table. We had to ask her again for her to bring it to our table.

Anyway within the first hour, we only got one dish, which happened to be one bowl of noodles that we had to share. By this time we were all pretty angry at this shitty service we were receiving, but I thought the noodles were pretty nice. We polished it off within minutes, and went back to waiting. I'm not going to go through all the details, but lets just say it involved a lot of waiting, us yelling at multiple girls (not because we were angry, but because they were having trouble hearing us over the noise from the other tables) and more waiting.

In conclusion, Mamy cafe's service was terrible and it was one of the worst dinner experiences I've had in my life so far.

Anyway, this is my first post on my new blog, and I'm just telling you that it isn't going to be a food blog or something like that. It was just a crap dinner situation that I wanted to share with you, and rating it out of 5 was just for fun =D. I'm off to study now!

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