Sigh. I had a disappointing lunch today at Mehak's, an Indian rest. on 7th St. in Chinatown. I've been there many times before with never any of these problems. What's happened here?
I arrived around 1:50 - even tho late for lunch the place was 1/2-filled (it's not a very big place tho). 3 wait staff members were visible. I proceeded to wait a full 20 minutes just for somebody to take my order. I even stood up just so I could get noticed! When the waiter finally came, I said I'd been waiting a long while & he never apologized, let alone explained the delay. Nobody ever filled my water glass - I had to order a drink to wet my whistle.
I ordered a lunch special thali - according to the menu it's supposed to include a samosa or aloo tikka. It had neither, in the past it has. Nobody came later to check if I needed anything - if one had, I would have asked about the samosa. The waiters were brusque actually. When bill time came, I pointed out the missing samosa/aloo tikka, and the waiter said "No, we give you a salad." Well, 1) the menu specifically says samosa/aloo tikka, NOT a salad, and 2) the so-called "salad" was 1/3-cupful of shredded iceburg & tiny bits of tomato. I've seen better "salads" as hamburger toppings! Luckily the rest of the food - lentil curry, basmati rice, chicken curry, papadum, naan, raita - was very good. Because of the disappointing service, I tipped 13%, and I never tip that low. I didn't ask for the manager because it was not a really serious problem like a roach on my table, or constant screw-ups on my order or bill.
I'm aware there's a Mehak's in VA - I wonder if the service there is any better than the one in DC? All I know is that after patronizing Mehak's for over a year, I will never, never return, because of today's treatment.
Luckily there are Indian restaurants to patronize back in Montgomery Co. with MUCH better service...