Let me preface story this with a few points:
1) I like the food at Ka Chi. I've eaten at many of the Korean eateries around Christie and I think that it stands up pretty well.
2) I don't particularly care about service. Growing up, when my family ate out, we ate mostly at the sort of reasonably priced Vietnamese and Chinese restaurants where the maxim “bad atmosphere, good food” often holds true. My mom grew up in Singapore raised us to enjoy tasty, unpretentious food.
3) I don't make a habit of complaining on the internet (and I don't post on these forums very often.) I find it heartbreaking when a restaurant gets an overly terrible review that lingers on the internet like slow poison. Take this post as a sign of how angry I am.
So, myself and a very good long-time friend were enjoying a meal at the Ka Chi. I don't think that we were eating particularly slowly but we were chatting and enjoying each other's company. I still had soup in my bowl, when one of the waiters came up to us and suggested we should leave because the restaurant was full and he wanted to seat new diners. We both found this incredibly rude but we cut short our conversation and started to leave.
My friend paid the bill but did not leave a tip. I don't recall ever not leaving a tip but I would have done the same in this case. The man running the place was so upset about this that, as we were leaving, he YELLED at us (somewhat redundantly) “Get out of here! Get out of here! Don't ever come back!”, and so forth until we were out the door.
Let me just me be clear that neither us was rude to anybody. The bill was paid and we had every right not to tip-- many people, I think, would have done the same. In other words, we did nothing that deserved being yelled at in front of a crowded restaurant as if we had done something illegal. It was the sort of experience that ruins an evening.
Anyway, the next time you go out for Korean food around Christie, you might consider patronizing one of the many other restaurants that aren't run by psychos.
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