Monday, January 03, 2005

Size Does Matter !

Happy New Year Lebanon!

Sadly, when I asked people how they spent new year's eve, they replied with an "okay".
But I hope this year will be different, and Lebanon's situation will ameliorate.

I went out last night with my friends to a coffee house in the Greater Beirut region, which is supposedly one of the "In" places in Lebanon. I wasn't hungry, so I decided to have my favorite desert, an apple pie.
When the waiter asked me whether I would like a vanilla ice cream on top of it, before I could reply, my friend who wanted a piece of it replied with a YES.
20 minutes later, all my friends got what they asked for, and I was still waiting for my pie.
So I gently asked the waiter about it... After my friends were almost done with their meals, the big surprise came. A plate with a round thing in it was put on the table. The waiter referred to it as "The Apple Pie"...
Few seconds of silence, and then everybody on the table started laughing out loud. We couldn't believe it. It had a 9 cm diameter, no ice cream, and barely One slice of apple. (one single apple could be cut into more than 20 slices).
It took 6 tiny bites to finish it. (It usually takes 4 but I wanted it to last longer).

So much for an apple pie. Maybe it was my mistake, since I am used to the Apple Crumble at the famous Casper & Gambinis restaurant. I was expecting something bigger and tastier in return for the 6500L.L. price tag.

By the way, the ceiling was leaking and there was water under our table. So much for quality and service. I decided not to name the Coffee House, but a great idea came to my mind.

What if I created a section in this website where people can rate restaurants and cafes, give their comments and check what other people think about them? It will be the first true Lebanese tourisitic guide based on real experiences.

I am waiting for your ideas and comments...


Anonymous said...

Don't u just hate it when that happens to you!
About the idea of rating restaurants, I think it will be a great idea! Since many places here in Lebanon are actually trying to abuse the consumer instead of "making the customer happy". It will be a good place for the consumer to fight back and warn others of certian places that are not good!

Anonymous said...

You failed to mention if the pie tasted good and worth the wait, even if the size was not what you expected.
I would have returned the pie and asked for the ice cream on it.You were too kind to them.
Their service is really BAD!!!!
Your idea of rating restaurants is excellent.

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