Strange ser­vice at good-food eatery

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS -

Queen­stown doesn’t have many op­tions when it comes to Viet­namese, so it was with some ex­cite­ment that I dragged two friends, a cou­ple, with me to Saigon King­dom on a Satur­day night. I ar­rived a bit late, and got a taste of what would be­come the most mem­o­rable thing of the night— the ser­vice, or lack of it — on ar­rival.

I walked in, spotted my mates, who were al­ready seated, and rather than walk straight over, kind of hung around at the counter to tell the wait­resses what I was up to. I was ig­nored, even though no-one else was at the counter. With­out let­ting the awk­ward­ness drag out, I just headed over and sat down. My en­try sce­nario had been noted, and I got a laugh as I sat down.

For starters the blokes went Crispy Chicken ($12), and Crispy Squid ($13) while Clair went for Vege and Tofu Pho (Noo­dle Soup). The fried stuff came out re­ally fast, but the soup was quite a bit later. Great food, but a pity it didn’t ar­rive at the same time. Af­ter get­ting a few beers in we all went out to a smok­ing area, telling one of the wait­resses what we were up to.

So, it was a bit of a shocker to find when we got back the meals were al­ready at the ta­ble. Wouldn’t it be po­lite to wait a few min­utes un­til the cus­tomers got back to the ta­ble so they could ac­tu­ally serve the meal?

I had the Chicken and Mango Salad ($19). The sharp tang of fish sauce and lime in the dress­ing hit the spot nicely, while the mint and co­rian­der combo cre­ated that clean Viet­namese taste, which can get ad­dic­tive. We shared all the mains, and the Le­mon­grass and chilli flat rice noo­dles ($17.5) was good, but had a bit much chilli in it. We had a bit of de­bate on what was too hot, and de­cided that if there were seeds in the chilli on the plate, things were prob­a­bly go­ing to be eye­wa­ter­ing. The chilli was hit­ting over­load sta­tus on the Viet­namese Grilled Spicy Chicken ($22) too.

The lay­out was pretty stan­dard, along with the at­mos­phere. Noth­ing could re­ally top­ple the im­pres­sion we get from what we felt was re­ally bad ser­vice.

Great lo­ca­tion, nice food, but wait­staff were a prob­lem on the night we vis­ited. Ev­ery­one in our party no­ticed it straight away but we had plenty of laughs about it af­ter­wards. I’ve checked out on­line re­views, and people have com­mented on re­ceiv­ing great ser­vice.

Tasty: Viet­namese at Queen­stown’s new Saigon King­dom restau­rant.

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