So we went to try Red Pepper tonight. 7 of us went for 7:00. We got there at 6:45 and put our name in. 7:20 we had a table.
As we were waiting a group came out with crying children and angry faces. Woman told us they waited over 1 hour for food and got none and this is why the children were crying. They were going home to eat. This was the first warning we ignored.
We sat down and were given menus, a pot of tea, dishes and chopsticks. We put together our order but never did a waiter come. In fact there appeared to be no waiters/waitresses.
Looking around the dining room, i notice, there is NO FOOD. Not one table had ANYTHING! This worried me.
We saw a buss boy who had brought us our dishes, 2 hostess women and thats about it. We finally flagged down the hostess and gave her the order, explaining to her we had to be someplace a mile down the street by 9:45 (which gave us over 2 hours).
Got the buss boy to bring us some waters and beers. This took 3-4 trips to get it right though. Nobody took the menus or anything. Still nobody had any food in the dining room. We saw the hostess come out and give some tables what looked like rice crispy treats wrapped in plastic. This did not look good.
We had no tea cups so a couple of us started to drink the tea from the rice bowls on the table.
A large table against the wall had a chinese family of over 12 people. Two are reading books, kids are playing video games, none had food. They finally all got up and had a few words with the hostess and walked out. Without eating. Not sure how long they were there.
Then another table 20 minutes later walked out. At this point people are angry. Fingers snapping, hands waving, I saw a few people sleeping with their heads on the tables. Some arguing in Chinese and even though i dont understand any chinese i could tell exactly what was being said!
Finally after 1 hour of sitting waiting since our order. We put some cash on the table for the beers and we too walked out. We were the 4th or 5th group to walk out without eating in the time we were there.
We went to Kellys and ate dinner there.
In the entire time we were there i saw maybe 4-5 dishes come out of the kitchen. Carried out 1 at a time. Every time one came out you saw every head in the restaurant look up and at it, like hungry baby birds in a nest, hoping.....
Its sad really cause the menu looked good and it smelled good in there.
I stuck my head in the kitchen as we left and i saw 1 cook in a small kitchen cooking with a few women standing around.