had dinner last night at xiomara-upscale cuban on melrose. the warm garlic bread rushed to your table is divine. the special paella with all of the sea (literally, every bite turned up a new octopus or scallop hiding behind saffrony rice) was amazing and the pork hash was nice but not fantastic (the asian influence on it is too much-the fried noodle was a tooth chipper, the gingery potatoes were so-so, the plantaines were dry) not as good as versailles, but not as bloated on the way out... an okay time though which brings me to the question of the night:
upstairs, there were two tables of women (all women) enjoying their meals. one table was clearly a bday celebration and laughs and presents and drinks were all in fine supply. they were also a bit loud, not obnoxious or rude, just loudly laughing. the other group of women asked the waiter to ask them to quiet down. the loud group got wind of this idea and took umbrage to say the least-them's fightin' words. don't make me stand up, etc...juvenile behavior from both tables for sure (hilarious, abhorable behavior).
so...is it okay to ask a table to be quiet? restaurant reviews make note of the noise level, which to me implies there is little you can do about it-places attract certain crowds, acoustics are what they are, etc. what do the hounds think?