by Jaclyn Jerko on
This place is just damn weird. Okay, okay, others have had a great time here, and I use to love the old place with the low ceiling and dark alcoves but a thing called the LA riots did away with that. And I have had some good meals here, but tonight was way off scale. I think I arrived about 7:30 on a Sat and the place was empty. The manager greets me nicely sits me down, and the waiter takes my drink order. That was fast. But then a good 15 minutes go by and no one takes my order. When I finally get the managers attention, there's a big flurry of action and I soon get my food. But then there's an even longer wait, and wait, and wait. A girl who has some unknown relation with the joint walks by and acts like she works there. So when I ask for my check she mumbles something I couldn't hear and acts miffed when I say "excuse me?" Another 10 minutes go by and she's back telling me to just drink my coffee and wait two hours to get any service. Okay. And then she asks if I'm going home after this. "ah, yeah" and off she walks. WTF? No check, no waiter, no manager, and I feel like I'm being sized up by a working girl. Is this what others mean by great service? Maybe she was just bored and looking to kill time until the dancing started, but it was all so very strange because the seating area I was in is remote from the bar. Luckily, a waitress finally came to serve the table next to mine and I was able to get her attention for the check. And the icing on the cake? When the waiter returned my change, it was shorted. Perfect! Ya gotta love consistency when a place goes bad.
by Charles H. on
I'm going to have to add a big yawn here and own up to the fact that I'm a jaded New Yorker. A giant buddha - seen it before. Asian fusion menu: restaurants with this style menu open once a month now and you can get much better Asian food elsewhere. Asian inspired design: yeah - so what. It's a formula. Large open space: always nice but again, not special. Cool flash website: not all that and they brag about the celebrities who go there. They opened in 2000: okay, maybe they were cool for a moment back in the day but it's 2007 now and the blossom has faded. I went for an early dinner with a friend visiting from Taiwan because she heard it was a good place to go. I think she read about it in a guide book or magazines. Clearly, they know how to do mass marketing. I guess if I lived in a smaller town it would be impressive but that's not the case. I'm just a jaded New Yorker - with a smile:-)