Readers of this blog will remember I rarely rant any unpleasant dining experience in Hong Kong here in this blog. It's because I never bother. Truly and really, writing a restaurant review kills a lot of my braincells and I don't reckon an obnoxious eatery deserves any -- not that my last name is Einstein or something, but still.
Occasionally, however, I do. It is because the hapless experience was so bloody awful that I simply can't resist to "torpedo the bastards out of the water" (as in reader David's words) and to let all people in the world to know how rotten a restaurant is so that neither the dismay nor misery will repeat ever again!
That's the raison d'etre for this new category called the Grand Daddy of Dish, where we foodies all can dish out all the dirt of those shoddy, shameless restaurants in Hong Kong and tell all people out there how stinky they're. We tell'em and we tell'em loud.
Yet, lets be fair to all. Please only share thoughts on dining places that you have been to, rather than merely by hearsay. The way to say is up to you: you can either email me if you want me to kick off a new thread for the rightly deserving restaurant (preferably with date and time of visit, the exact branch if it's a franchise); or rub salt in the wound by posting follow-up on existing ones and let them have a go of the great 'beginning scene of Saving Private Ryan,' like the one mentioned below.
Mean streak views and poison pens will not be censored out as long as they are not off base -- this is not PRC or Singapore. But at the end of the day these entries are not about unjust smear or schadenfreude but about fair criticism on restaurants that leaves us a bad taste in mouth.
So, in a way, you may consider this class an alternative to or even the very antithesis of your weekly sponsored restaurant review doses, no?
Here it is, the first 'winner' of this category is the Jumbo Floating Restaurant, Aberdeen:
Arrived last night with a guest -
First are asked to order a drink - order an orange juice (fresh squeeze and a beer)
We then asked the waiter how much for a 1 KG cheese style lobster - as my guest wanted that. The waiter suddenly starts picking several different numbers from
his mind and then after arguing - we got a senior waiter -who said is HKD 400 - we then thought that was great value - order this together with 3 other dishes which seem good.
Finally this all comes and guess what - quarter of a diced a lobster on a plate covered in a cheesy, floury sauce - that tasted like crap!
Furthermore 1 minute earlier drinks arrived -an orange juice in a glass that is the size of a shot glass- and guess what - it not fresh squeezed!
Needless to say it was a big rip off.
I paid and left after a quick 30 minutes stay - my partner is very reserved and as such we decided we would not argue in front of other visitors there - luckily for them - I quietly told the manager about my distasteful experience on the way out - he did just grunted like a pig and did not care a stuff...
[submitted by reader 'David,' dated 10.2006]