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Mild Rant on Tofu-Ya, Sawtelle...

yokozuna | Jan 23, 200605:46 PM

So I went to Tofu-Ya last night out of desperation, close to 10pm. There were six of us that was promptly seated and served. It’s not the greatest food around but on Sunday night at 10pm on Sawtelle, there aren’t a whole lot of options. The Tofu pots come and everything is fine. I eat here from time to time and the Korean lady that works there all the time is nice to me so it makes it more pleasant to go. Plus it sure beats a 40min (there and back) drive to K-Town.

Anyhow, two of my friends order some meat with their soon tofu. Combination tofu and meat for $13.95? Not a bad deal actually. So, as the nice Korean lady bent over to serve the meat on the table I noticed my inner thigh start to hurt… It took about a second for the pain to really start to register high enough on the pain-o-meter for me to check to see what the heck was going on. I look down and to my horror I see a huge fountain of hot greasy meat oil dripping onto and sizzling through the thin nylon of my sweats and searing into my thigh. I proceeded to do the obligatory stand and scream as I shrieked in pain. I grabbed my sweats and pulled it off my thigh but now my hand started to burn so I let go. As the pant material stuck back on my thigh, my thigh then began to burn once again. You can see how this was a no win situation for me as I did the tap dance of pain on the dining room floor. To make matters even better, all five of my friends just pointed and laughed after they figured out what was happening. The servers panicked and ran to get me ice and some napkins… I don’t know about you guys but I’ve worked in the restaurant industry quite extensively in the past and the first thing I would bring is a COLD WET TOWELL!! Napkins do me no good what so ever!

Very apologetic, the nice Korean lady told me to hold on, as she ran out and brought me this clear jelly substance on a folded paper towel (seriously guys, it looked like KY or something). She told me it was aloe and I should rub it on my leg. Great, where am I supposed to do this in your restaurant that has no bathroom? So imagine we’ve got a full table of food, one burn victim and a towel with a puddle of mystery jelly next to the Kimchee… yummy! 10 seconds after the jelly was left on the table, the bill came. “Will you be paying by credit or cash?” hmmmm… I checked the bill and sure enough they had the nerve to charge us for the whole thing with no credit. Yeah, I’m a little bitter but I’ll still go back. I’m forgiving like that.

Anyway, just thought I’d share with you hounds my fantastic dinner experience from last night.

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