Maybe it's a Chinese thing, but why is it that lately I find the Asian restaurants I frequent strangely unfriendly? Special mention to last night at Le Pacifique in Belleville (good dim sum pictured left, apparently not mass made in some bathtub in an apartment for 20 in Ivry....the rest forgettable), Lao Siam (one of my Thai regulars), where only the male waitstaff seem to be friendly, while the females routinely make faces, ignore you or pretend not to understand what you are saying, especially while bringing you the wrong order (several times over), and, probably the king of the hill, Krung Thep, who are legendary for their inflexible booking policy, fine by me, but once, when asking 6 or 7 times for the bill and being routinely ignored, I was more than a little ticked off when the waitress asked my guests and I to immediately vacate the table as the second service had begun. I told her I would have if the bill I had (repeatedly) asked for for the last thirty minutes had come.
Oh, and for all these people saying Belleville is so great (thanks! Guardian and NYT), I know it's the land of Piaf and all that, but it is still emminently skanky, full of bums and junkies and dirty. I'll take my bobo tenth any day..(but still make occasional forays for cheap Kirin at Paris Store and Tigre Qui Pleut on the rue de Belleville)