Restaurant Hopping

After our massage, we met up with Anna at the mall. Hunger pangs setting in, we strolled through the maze of food stalls set up this weekend. Weaving through tight spaces between the throngs of people, we saw that everything from dumplings to mie goreng to mac ‘n cheese grilled cheese to fish and chips to tacos to desserts was on offer.

Having seen what there was to buy (so we didn’t experience FOMO), we got to the end of the line and turned back. As Miriam and Anna headed to the Mexican food stall, I got in the  fish and chips line, but before it was my turn to order, I had second thoughts. Miriam had just ordered a taco when I got there, and noticing I didn’t have anything in my hand, she quickly cancelled her order, opting to find a sit down restaurant for us to eat in peace and quiet.

The three of us discussed where to go. Deciding we wanted something Asian, we headed over to Sushi Tei, where there was a wait to get in. We out our name down and were told it would be about 20 minutes. Wandering around a bit more, Miriam suggested that we just eat at Classified, since she was really hungry. Despite it being a Western restaurant, we all agreed. We were seated at the table, menus in hand, when Miriam announced that she didn’t see anything she wanted. After asking us if it was okay if we left, we slinked out of the restaurant, leaving the menus on the table. The old me would have never done that, for fear of embarrassment, but after living in Asia, it hardly phases me now.

Stopping by Sushi Tei again, we see that we are still way down on the list. Scratch that. Still jonesing for Asian, we grab a table at White Elephant, a tasty Thai restaurant. Seemingly happy, we place our order for 4 dishes to share. A few minutes later, the waitress comes back over to tell us that a few of our dishes are out of stock. OMG…this is one of my biggest pet peeves in Asia! Rather than noting it on the menu or informing you upon arrival, they let you get your hopes up, just to shoot them down later.

Deciding that we might move yet again, Anna runs over to Sushi Tei to see where we are on the list. Defeated, she comes back with a sad face to inform us that they’ve given our table away. So we decide to stay put, but at the end of the meal, I did give the manager some advice about ordering proper quantities of food and beverages, letting him know this is the way to lose customers. He smiled (a lot) and apologized. I’m pretty sure it went in one ear and out the other.


12 thoughts on “Restaurant Hopping

  1. Terje

    After your opening line I was ready for some delicious food descriptions. Sorry your evening involved so much waiting. The waiting makes me always hungrier than I was in the first place.

  2. paulabourque

    It is fascinating how many slices involve food, recipes, restaurants, and eating. Food has such a pivotal role in our lives and our shared experiences with others. Sorry yours didn’t turn out as hoped…so many choices doesn’t always lead to satisfaction. Bon appétit!

  3. cmargocs

    Restaurant-hopping, indeed! I imagine all that travel between just increased your appetites. An interesting look into a different culture; I would never think to ask if something on the menu was available or not, but it seems it might be necessary in Asia!

    1. aggiekesler Post author

      No, you wouldn’t think you’d need to ask…but here it’s quite common to be met with “habis” (empty, no more). You have to get used to it, but it’s still frustrating.

  4. Veronica

    Know what you mean.. walked out of my local Tex-Mex joint when we saw 2 empty-handed servers leisurely pass by, not concerned about our empty table.

  5. Cara Wegrzyn

    The foodie in me was hooked at the first paragraph. I enjoyed reading your descriptions of moving from one eatery to another. Settling on what to eat when there are no many options is hard…and then to not have something on the menu available! I’d be pretty annoyed, too!


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