Nov 6, 2015

Dinner at London's Chinatown

Quiet night.
It is when memories are brought in.

Remember the time we went to London as for the point of departure for our European Tour. We dropped by this Malaysian operated restaurant in the Chinatown. 4 of us entered the restaurant, checking out the menu, deciding whether to dine in. After a while we sat down and ordered our food, the owner then told us that each of us have to have a minimum order of 7 to 8 pounds to dine in. The way he put it is a little harsh. We know he is not lacking of customers, and he knows even better. Anyway dad insisted us to stay instead of looking around.

Looked around the shop, it is not big, it only fits in a few tables, each table can accommodate 4 to 5 people. Though it is a corner lot, in heart of the chinatown in London. The flow of the people is non-stop, in this busy town area, the rental must be high.

The manager then came by to chat with us, this time with more sincerity" i know you are from Malaysia." "how do you know?"  "from the way you talk. Because i'm from Malaysia too." "which part of Malaysia." " JB" "I used to work in JB for sometime..."
then the conversation started. We learnt that the rental there was 6 figure in pounds which is sky high, no wonder they are quite tense up, obviously need a lot of skills managing the business there. The manager told us when he first came to London, he always got scolded by the customers. And as time goes by, by learning the hard way, he endures and improved, the end results is as seen today.

Meanwhile talking, an ang mo couple came in, and there is no more place , the manager asked them to sit up stairs, but they refused, so they went off. Before they went off i heard  the guy saying something "trash you." or something similar, which is an indication of rudeness. which startle the mindset of perfect gentleness of UK citizen, maybe it is just London.

After some chat, the manager gave us a 10% discount on our dinner, we thanked him gratefully. It is not about the discount, it is about the gesture, imagine when you meet someone from your hometown in a foreign country, a simple gesture like this is simply appreciable.

Well maybe i will pay a visit in the future. Hopefully the shop is still there, considering the kind of rental they have to pay.

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