Tuesday, July 25, 2006

The Best Bloody Marys in the World

Were mixed by the proprietor of our favourite Chinese restaurant.

We would be seated instantly. Have several waiters make a fuss over us but in a not-too-fussy way. The food was always ALWAYS excellent.

This is not a small thing. I can cook. Quite well in fact. My ratio of quality regarding meals I have eaten out compared with meals I have eaten at home cooked by my own fair hand is not a good one.

Suffice to say, I usually come out on top.

I’m not a snob this way. I love a McDonalds. (Sorry). I do not believe there is a meal in the world that cannot be improved by putting a fried egg on top of it. A fish supper of a Friday does not bother me (has to be Friday mind. Old Catholic hang-up. Have they abolished the meat on Friday thing? I lose track)

It’s just. You know. The menu says ‘Penne pasta with a rich tomato and basil sauce generously topped with Parmesan.’

That is not a difficult meal.

You are presented with some re-heated pasta (one of the many things on God’s earth that cannot be reheated) topped with some Ragu (the bottle sauce and not the Italian recipe) with a liberal shaking of that stuff that comes in white pots that smells of vomit that they have long since given up even calling Parmesan any more.

You feel a bit let down. A bit.

This place though. Excellent service. Top notch food. I can cook a Chinese meal if pressed. On one occasion dining partner actually said ‘How do you make it so Chinese?’.

I am happy eating here. We sit down.

Owner/Manager type who always deals with us, settles us in and asks about everyone we know (don’t ask me how he knew) then says ‘Anything to drink?’

I order a Bloody Mary.

No. He says.


I am RUBBISH at making them, and would rather not upset.


I would have that answer a million times instead of a shit drink. I would have a McDonalds anytime over a menu that promised something the chef could not deliver.

One wonders why fast-food and carbonated piss-water dominates.

Because they do what they say.


Grumpy old man.


Blogger Amanda said...

I like the honesty of the restuarant owner!! D.p & I go to 'child friendly' places with all 4 kids, everything is wipeable and non-breakable.
2 of my kids have A.S, they like Mcdonals because its always the same. We went one day and they had run out of boxes for happy meals, caused the boys much confusion! They kept asking why and got extra toys. I think you had to be there really.

11:27 am  
Blogger Sabrina said...

Honesty really does work to our general benefit, doesn't it, TD?

You'll go back, you'll reccommend your friends go there, and I'll bet you bought a similarly priced drink and then possibly a second, none of which you would have done if he'd given you what you initially wanted.

I wish I could do that to similar effect in my new job.

Boss: Can you do some MORE data entry please, Sabrina?

Sabrina: No. I'm crap at it, and will quite likely inadvertently lose some valuable information in the process, and am much better placed to do something a little more creative. THAT I can do.

Boss: Thanks for your honesty S. How about an essay on Modernist poetry instead then?

Sabrina: Sure thing, boss!

....come to think of it, the rule may not always apply.

2:55 pm  
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Blogger FOUR DINNERS said...

Magic! Good on yer china! A rare breed of man indeed.

3:55 pm  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

The mark of a man, knowing his own limitations and all that. Nice one.

8:07 pm  
Blogger Pie said...

If only more places had that sort of respect for their customers.

4:55 pm  
Blogger FOUR DINNERS said...

You awake yet TD?

3:28 pm  
Blogger FOUR DINNERS said...

knock knock.....

alltogether now...

"Don't leave me this way..."etc etc

(I'm good at harrassing people)

12:26 am  
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