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Funko
24-02-2014, 16:51:59
http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/wordofmouth/2014/feb/24/rudest-restaurant-london-wong-kei

:cry:

Finn Willi (5)
24-02-2014, 17:04:19
Those were the days...

Lurker
24-02-2014, 17:25:22
I thought you ferriners didn't tip. When did that change?

Funko
24-02-2014, 17:26:48
*sigh*

We do tip, just not as much as you guys. e.g. no need to tip 10905% to a barman when you've gone up to the bar to collect your drink yourself.

zmama
24-02-2014, 17:35:33
I liked the place! A bit of sass adds spice to the experience!

Lurker
24-02-2014, 21:05:55
http://www.muf.me.uk/files/london2005/sat35.jpg

Dunno if the link will still work, this is still the funniest thing I remember about that place.

Lurker
24-02-2014, 21:06:17
Woohoo it worked!

zmama
24-02-2014, 21:23:23
I hope they will still have a big table for CGers! Don't know many restaurants that would have such a motley bunch

mr_B
24-02-2014, 21:58:34
is that the place where i was nearly killed?

Funko
25-02-2014, 09:01:20
That was the place you were nearly killed. PH nearly died on the way to that place though.

mr_B
25-02-2014, 14:00:48
And they are gonna change
I hate changes

zmama
25-02-2014, 14:31:01
That was the place I drank too much terrible red wine.

Funko
25-02-2014, 16:20:35
It was only terrible if you hadn't had enough beer in the Round Table. FACT!

zmama
25-02-2014, 16:38:02
:lol:

Beta1
25-02-2014, 19:26:28
Ah those were the days.

Wong Kei's where you could get crap food and crap booze at seemingly any time of day or night and never have one member of staff even smile...

Happy Days...

Funko
25-02-2014, 21:23:03
the best thing was being able to get a table for 12 people on a saturday evening instantly

Finn Willi (5)
26-02-2014, 08:51:38
Yeah, I remember...

How does (or now:did) he manage that?!

Funko
26-02-2014, 09:12:19
By being huge and serving people really fast.

Noisy
27-02-2014, 10:49:51
Memories, eh!

Funko
27-02-2014, 11:19:32
You only have memories if you hadn't had enough beer in the Round Table. FACT!

Fistandantilus
27-02-2014, 16:51:04
*sigh*

We do tip, just not as much as you guys. e.g. no need to tip 10905% to a barman when you've gone up to the bar to collect your drink yourself.

Last year I spent some time in Cornwall and we went to several pubs/restaurants where they asked us to pay upfront? Is that normal?

Funko
27-02-2014, 16:53:40
If it's "order your food at the bar" pub type place then yes, it can be.

In that case, I wouldn't tip.

Fistandantilus
27-02-2014, 17:01:39
I see. We don't have those here. As there were actually waiters to bring you the food/drinks at the table I was a bit surprised they did't take orders too.

Funko
27-02-2014, 17:05:15
Just thinking about it, some chain restaurants also have that system. e.g. Nandos. And a lot of cafés.

It's really common.

Finn Willi (5)
27-02-2014, 20:33:44
And shit.

Like commons in general. Haha.

I'm in a beastly mood.

Finn Willi (5)
27-02-2014, 20:35:37
Sorry, should have written
Har har.

MDA
27-02-2014, 22:51:41
harr harr?

jsorense
28-02-2014, 03:09:38
I remember too. :beer:

Funko
28-02-2014, 09:07:22
IIRC Greg was sick in their toilets.

Funko
28-02-2014, 09:08:31
And I specifically and repeatedly warned him about drinking so much Old Peculier. He refused to listen.

Lurker
28-02-2014, 15:20:27
Wus.

Funko
28-02-2014, 15:29:07
Easy to get through a lot of beer if you spill 90% of it.

Lurker
28-02-2014, 15:30:26
Lies.

Venom
28-02-2014, 15:41:21
Old Peculiar. Love that shit.

Funko
28-02-2014, 15:42:32
er

Funko
28-02-2014, 15:43:05
Lies.

Sorry - it's still hard for you to get through a lot of beer even if you spill 90% of it.

Venom
28-02-2014, 15:46:35
er

You pedantic mother fucker.

Funko
28-02-2014, 15:48:02
Congratulations on not typing mother fuckar. Have a sticker.

zmama
28-02-2014, 16:31:48
Make sure that sticker is properly sharpened!

Venom
28-02-2014, 17:45:04
Congratulations on not typing mother fuckar. Have a sticker.

Says the guy who says aluminium.

Beta1
02-03-2014, 10:01:29
What, correctly?

Just ask IUPAC - correct spelling and pronunciation is aluminium.

We lost the battle with sulfur though :(

Fistandantilus
03-03-2014, 07:35:49
The more meaningless vowels you add to a word the better it sounds.

Funko
03-03-2014, 14:18:25
ooooiuaaeeeyes

zmama
03-03-2014, 14:35:37
jaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Venom
03-03-2014, 14:41:22
What, correctly?

Just ask IUPAC - correct spelling and pronunciation is aluminium.

We lost the battle with sulfur though :(

Exactly. The sciencey way of saying things is gay.

Gay: Galeocerdo cuvier
Awesome: Tiger Shark

Gay: Mellivora capensis
Awesome: Honey badger

Ergo, science is gay at naming things.

MOBIUS
03-03-2014, 14:49:59
Try telling a Tyrannosaurus Rex that he's gay...:cute:

Funko
03-03-2014, 15:46:26
It's the limp wrist arm thing isn't it.

Venom
05-03-2014, 15:23:27
Try telling a Tyrannosaurus Rex that he's gay...:cute:

I do it all the time. I've been kicked out of 4 natural history museums for that exact reason.

Funko
05-03-2014, 15:42:33
I was there for the London one.

MOBIUS
07-03-2014, 08:59:41
Follow up story on Wong Kei's...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-26468295

Though the manager did say:

"Hopefully they won't mess us up and then we won't mess them up."

So there's hope yet...:D

Funko
07-03-2014, 09:20:41
Amazing publicity for them either way. Basically got national coverage in all the broadsheets and the BBC (maybe the tabloids too). :beer:

jsorense
11-03-2014, 01:05:28
Maybe we can get a branch over here.

Funko
11-03-2014, 08:55:03
Just hire Venom to be a waiter anywhere in the states.

Funko
11-03-2014, 08:57:33
In a related story, one of the pubs close to my house has a famously grumpy landlord.

A few months ago a bunch of students came in, they were standing at the bar and the landlord was sorting something out in the back. They waved him over to the bar. He came over and said "What can I get you?"

The student who waved him over replied "oooh, I'm not sure..."

Anyway, he had a massive rant about how they called him over without knowing what they wanted and threw them all out. They didn't really believe they were getting thrown out.

Totally reasonable behaviour IMO.

Later in the night the landlord had a massive moan about how quiet it was.

Fistandantilus
11-03-2014, 09:19:41
:lol: yeah totally reasonable behaviour

MOBIUS
11-03-2014, 10:18:51
:lol:

Funko
11-03-2014, 10:24:53
It is bad though. Why not just spend the time working out what you want until then you aren't ready for to get someone to serve you.

MOBIUS
11-03-2014, 11:24:29
It depends. There's been times you're trying to get served in a busy bar and that's all you're concentrating on - getting served - sometimes you can't even see what's on offer til you get to the front. There's also a couple of bars here where choosing what you're going to drink with the bar staff is part of the process, like at the Urban Tap House (http://www.urbantaphouse.co.uk/).:beer::beer::beer:

Though clearly the above doesn't apply in your case.:D

The one that gets me is people at the checkout who only start fumbling for their wallets once everything has gone through...:shoot:

Venom
11-03-2014, 11:26:46
Completely reasonable response. You call me over, you're ready to order. If not, fuck off.

So, yes, I would be a terrible waiter.

Finn Willi (5)
11-03-2014, 13:51:34
Hm.