My Blog friends had insisted on a treat in celebration of 25000 plus hits of my site that almost coincided with its second anniversary which was the reason for my eating out almost every day.
Since I had left the choice of the hotel/restaurant to my friends, each one suggested her favourite joint which left me with mixed feelings at the end of it all.
First was BRMatsya in Tnagar for which my friend used all the superlatives possible for the buffet it offered. The board displayed at the entrance listed out the menu for the day which appeared to suit every palate, including a vegetable lover like me. I browsed through the spread and my friend and I picked up our plates and helped ourselves with the food and took our places at one of the tables nearby. Since there was no sign of the appetizer being served, we asked one of the waiters for it but he was evasive, the supervisor, ( I suppose, because he was wearing a tie)) said the soup was not ready (the lunch timings were from 12 noon to 3 p.m) and it was half past 12 and added that since he saw us helping ourselves with the buffet, he assumed we didn’t want the soup! So much for customer relations!
The next one we walked into, rather climbed up was the much hyped/advertised Kailash Parbat in Kilpauk , they serve excellent North Indian food, raved my friends and I looked forward to appeasing my penchant for the delicious stuff. Since Prior reservation was a must, we booked for the four of us. The starters we had ordered arrived after nearly 40 minutes and the main course after an equal duration by which we were all ravenous. Well, the food was indeed awesome and really worth our wait but I never was prepared for what followed. As was my habit, I produced my CC to pay the bill and the waiter came saying they don’t accept credit cards!
Thankfully my purse didn’t let me down, otherwise I would have lost FACE. Later I tried to find out the reason but didn’t get a convincing reply. All that the person incharge said very politely was ‘this is your hotel, getting money from people like you is no problem’ and my niece who had joined us said since we paid the bill the response was not surprising. We advised him to add in their advertisement that CC will not be accepted.
More recently our gang headed to Maha Mudra to have dinner. Our favorite items listed on the menu were not available and on top of it we had to hang around for more than 45 minutes to be served what we had ordered. The welcome drink to which the guests were earlier treated was also withdrawn.
Now my elimination list of city hotels is increasing and we are left with very little choice.Thankfully there are a couple of our faithfuls which maintain their quality and standard of fare where courtesy to guests is also their priority.
n.meera raghavendra rao