i have a cousin who’s here from florida. he spent nov. 1 with us. we played poker all afternoon (and night) 🙂 and surprisingly, i won another tournament. bigger pot than the last time.
eniwei, we went to tagaytay to treat him to lunch. got there around 2pm, i think. we first decided to go to dencio’s, but we were the 10th in line for those waiting to be seated. so we decided to transfer. we then went to teriyakiboy (obviously, jap restaurant to). we were 16 in the group. we got seated, given menu and after a few minutes, decided to order.
as we were ordering, my SIL told the waiter to get the order one by one. but the waiter was a little stubborn, he just stayed in one place and asked us. even asking us to count how many of each order we were taking (some of us ordered the same things). i asked for ebi tempura and was disheartened to know that it was no longer available. wtf! what kind of jap restaurant runs out of tempura? we asked him to give the 1st set of the orders (for the others were not yet decided on what to get). before he left, i specifically asked him to bring in our drinks first. i was having abdominal cramps and i wanted to take some painkillers. and he said yes. that our food would get done in about 10-20 minutes. fine.
first to arrive was the pork dumplings (i forgot what it’s called). i asked for our drinks. he said, they were being prepared. so okei. then came what my brother & balikbayan cousin ordered. my cousin said, where were the drinks (he ordered for a watermelon shake, the others, mostly iced tea). again the waiter said they were being prepared. then came my order (plus 4 more) of chicken teriyaki. aloud, i wondered why the main course arrived before the soup. deadma si waiter. so i took my first bite. but i was really thirsty so i called the waiter again and asked for our drinks. his answer: sorry mam, pinapahanda ko na po. medyo tumaas na ang kilay ko (ng konti lang naman) and i said : sweetheart, i ordered for a bottle of water. anong paghahanda pa ang kailangan nyong gawin dun?
i hate to make a scene or magsungit in restaurants cause i’m afraid of what pissed off waiters might do to my food. but everyone in our table were getting impatient. my cousin even said that it was his first time to get his food first before the drinks. my other cousin followed up his order of beef something. the waiter then told him that he was sorry his order was no longer available. wtf again! if my cousin hadn’t followed up on his order, he wouldn’t have known this important (i think ha) matter.
eventually the other orders arrived. my cousin ordered something else (for his order was not available nga daw). but our driver’s chicken teriyaki hasn’t arrived yet. we followed up on that. the waiter told us we ordered only 5. my SIL was getting pissed and told him that we ordered 6. again the bibong waiter was reasoning out, telling us that we ordered only 5. my mom then banged on the table and told him that it was not important, what we wanted was for our driver’s order to arrive. if we short ordered, then go prepare another one. (but really, we ordered for 6).
my cousin da even got pissed and cancelled her order. imagine that. eating lunch at almost 3pm and waiting a long time for it. we also ordered for pizza at the nearby restaurant. and surprisingly, it arrived before our drinks.
to sum it all up, our food came before the soup. before the salad. and before the drinks. my brother even said to my cousin that this was not normal. he might think that that’s the way it is here (it’s only his 2nd time in the country, the first, about 20 years ago).
kaya teriyakiboy? i don’t think so. tekamuna boy most likely.