Thought I'd try Rod O Cha (this is the name as indicated on their takeout menu) for lunch last week for a change from Dok Bua. I ordered one of specials from the board, crispy fish in a spicy sour curry, and the waitress asked if I liked "spice" (I do). While I was waiting, the staff in the kitchen looked in my direction more than once, and one woman even came out and peaked around the corner at me. Now, I just assumed that they were talking about my 5 month old son, who was with me, and the woman who peaked out from behind the counter wanted a better look at him (I get this quite often when I take hime with me to a restaurant by myself). However, I rather think that I, not he, was the subject of interest, as you'll see from my story.
The curry came out in a metal bowl over a sterno flame to keep it warm (hot, actually, and I eventually blew out the flame). It was more like a soup, the brown curry covering a whole (minus the head) smallish deep-fried fish and some vegetables. It was very good, and pleasantly hot, but not *too* hot. A bowl of rice was served separately. I ate the curry, alternately taking out a piece of fish or vegetable and placing it on the rice, and eating the "broth" like a soup. A couple minutes later, the waitress came up and asked if it was too spicy because the cook had made it according to Thai tastes and she could take it back and make more mild. I said that it was very good and not too hot. She left and I continued to eat. About 10 minutes later, another woman came up and asked the same question with the same offer (this was when I started to think that the staff were looking at the white boy who ordered a spicy Thai curry at full strength). She went away and I happily continued to eat. Several minutes later, my waitress checked-up on me again. I told her I'd be disappointed if wasn't as hot as it was, and she she left again, only to return a couple minutes later. She said "my boss told me to tell you that if you come here again and order the same thing, and it's too hot, just tell her and she'll make it less hot." It told her I liked it very much and she went away. Then it occurred to me that I might be eating it in a way that gave them the impression that I thought it was too hot. I called her back and asked her how I should be eating the curry. "I spoon the sauce over rice and eat the rice, and some people eat it right from the bowl", she said (exactly what I was doing). So she went away again, and I finished everything in the bowl.
Has anyone else ever had a similar experience?