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Tiger Blossom -- Bad food, Worse Service


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Tiger Blossom -- Bad food, Worse Service

Lila | | Jan 21, 2002 05:25 PM

Today, around 3pm, my friend and I stopped in to Tiger Blossom restaurant for an afternoon snack of dim sum.

Tiger Blossom, for those of you who don’t know, is a newish pan-Asian restaurant on the corner of Bowery and 3rd. Their decor is stylish and cute, and the menu has always looked interesting, so we thought we’d try it for a bite.

The place was dead empty, save for us, and we ordered an assortment of dumplings, spring rolls, and sushi rolls (priced reasonably at $2-6 per little plate). The menu, which was their lunch menu, did not list any drinks or dessert, so my friend asked: "What drinks do you have?" The waiter answered: "Sake, beer, and wine." My friend said "I’ll have a coffee," and I added "I’ll have a cup of tea." The waiter took our order to the kitchen and soon brought us our food.

The food was less than remarkable. The spring rolls tasted freezer-burned, the veggie dumplings tasteless, and the lobster eel roll had only microscopic amounts of seafood, padded with a golf-ball sized amount of rice.

Well, when I got the check, I couldn’t believe it, but they had charged me $6.00 for my tea! My friend’s coffee was $2.25, so I assumed this was a mistake, so I called the waiter over, and asked him. He told me it was the correct price. When I asked him how tea could be $6, and he said, "because we only use the finest teas." This, when, I wasn’t even given a tea menu to choose from, like in most restaurants with fine tea selections. I hadn’t even been given a choice, and had so expected standard-issue chinese black tea or Liptons.

Anyhow, I told him I that he should have told me that tea there cost $6, if it wasn’t on the menu, and he simply shrugged, and left me with my bill. It was mid-day, and a holiday, else I would have spoken to a manager, so I was just left to pay my bill, and leave.

Anyhow, thought I’d share. There are certainly enough other pan-Asian restuarants in the city to visit (with better food) that people need not patronize this one.