Living in Wonju South Korea, These Many Long Years

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Monday, March 12, 2012

Jackie Chan!

jackie chan restaurant

Sunday was a total family day. June and the girls came up to meet me in Seoul. We hit the COEX to do the aquarium and bookstore thing.

For lunch we decided to hit Jackie Chan's new restaurant. What a disappointment. The first obvious thing was how the staff didn't know their heads from their asses. I started to get annoyed as our server stood pretty much at the wait station beside our table the whole time, hovering and taking away any dish as soon as it was empty. If you are really that diligent, why do I need to ask you for two sets of cutlery and a glass of water? Aren't there other things you should be doing?

The food was overpriced, bland, and uninspiring. The only highlight was the mildly amusing spelling errors on the menu: I wondered how effective General Chicken had been during his career, and thought it best to not order the deep-fried Chinken. I was surprised Jackie would be so racist against his own people, but then it isn't unusual to find our worst enemies among those considered brethren.

We took the train home and got in around dinner. Then I hunkered in to finish some of the specs for tomorrow's trip to Singapore. Today I've got to finish it all then head out to the airport to stay the night, as my flight will leave too early to catch the first morning bus from the Wonj.

Time for coffee.


Rusty Shackleford said...

In my experience, you consistently get bad service in a) places with a pseudo monopoly and b) places where the wait staff is made up of two or more teenage boys.

In both cases the number of customers is usually irrelevant. I've seen 12 table restaurants with 5 teenage boys, a manager and two cooks manning the joint and the service was appalling. I've seen 15 table joints smoothly run by 2 ajummas and a cook.

a) This can be in a small resort town that gets an influx of visitors periodically, say the only sam gyup sal restaurant near a beach. Or the only bar in a large shopping complex.

b) One teenage boy can be competent and diligent. Get two or more together and you're screwed. One ajumma can do the work of a dozen teenage boys.

Teenage girls are variable. They're hardly ever utterly incompetent, though. Usually either giggly or uninterested. The former is annoying, the latter I can sympathise with.

F5Waeg said...

I would definitely agree with the adjumma observation. This kid was undoubtedly in his late teens early 20s, didn't bother noticing if there were more of them around.

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