Had to comment on our dinner tonight at Quingdao G.
The dumplings (vegetarian our favorite) were more than fine, as always,
some PK. raviolis (not their specialty?)
were Doughy &, charitably, 'average',
Their full menu is, absurdly extensive and, in a kitchen the size of a closet
they can't be expected to do everything right. so we'll give them a pass there...
But, there is simply no excuse for the wait staff
(this evening consisting of one, quite surly, tall, thin woman,
Who (I think) stopped just short of being annoyed by our presence. if we would politely ask for something, typically she would walk away without acknowledging us, and just generally did all she could to make our experience an unhappy one. I guess that, together with an ambience just a notch above an institutional cafeteria,
makes (for us at least) for a way less than pleasurable eating experience.
And yes, I suppose for the $8- a dish of potatoes
a non gulag like environment might provide, they could really do better.
If it weren't for their (sometimes) truly unique food
we wouldn't even bother with our once or twice yearly visits.
(a couple of years ago a young, male, graduate student was handling the wait-staff duties. He was very friendly and helpful - that alone made up for the bare white room, with the glass door fridge of coke cans as centerpiece....
but taken together this evening, it sucked.
Would like to hear of other similar or divergent experiences.