I don't really like to criticize restaurants on CH, but every-so-often, I experience something that has to be publicly commented on...Monday night out with my family (four total), we went to a neighborhood favorite, Wondee Siam I on 9th Ave. As often is the case, there was a wait and we were told we'd have a table in 10 minutes, so we waited outside. 25 minutes later, 3 people leave, opening up a 4 seat table (2 tables put together), so we go inside. Unfortunately, the two waiters decided to give up one of the tables to a nearby table where 3 diners were eating at a 2 top. Okay, not ideal, but understandable. So the waitstaff offers the four of us the 2 top, saying "it'll be warmer to wait here and you can get something to drink if you'd like." Sounds good (it was cold out), we sit down, all squeezed around a small two seater. We think, "alright, maybe we'll order something and by the time it comes, we'll have a real table that accomodates four people." So we order soup. Several minutes later, a 2 top opens up behind us and we assume that they're going to move it over -- where it would have fit -- and complete our table. Nope -- they bring in 3 new people who were waiting after us and are going to give them the 2 top, telling us we have to wait longer. At this point, it's about 40 minutes after we arrived and the four of us are crammed into a two seater with no chance that anyone else is going to be leaving anytime soon. Our patience was up, we all agreed not to wait any longer. The waitress then got mad at us for leaving because she had "already put the soup order in." We couldn't believe it -- clearly, squeezing in as many customers as possible, no matter how uncomfortable, was more important to them than accomodating us properly.
So we walked two doors down and went to Q2 which was relatively empty -- Q2 is newer and tries harder in the atmosphere category (not that it succeeds, but that's another story), but I've gotten reliable and quality delivery from them in the past. We were seated and served immediately and had an equally fresh and delicious meal as we would have at Wondee Siam I. Now, to plug their food, we had:
A large Tom Ka soup that easily served four
CCurry Puff - a little soggier than Wondee, but nice filling
The grilled tofu mushroom medley -- delicious and unique to most Thai places
Mango Salad -- tangy and flavorful
Pad SewEw with Pork -- my favorite, the pork moist and the vegetable crisp
Pad Fresh Basil with Tofu -- also yummy
Pumpkin Thai Custard -- a must have - scrumptious desert
In short, Q2 has become my new neighborhood Thai, and if Wondee Siam opend their eyes and acknowledged what was going on all along 9th Avenue with the influx of Thai restaurants, they'd be a little more business-saavy and treat regular customers with some semblance of courtesy. I've been a fan of theirs for years, but if I'm going to be treated like crap, I have no guilt walking less than two blocks (or in this case, two stores) for an equally good, professionally-serviced meal. Sorry for the length and thanks for listening....