Sunday, May 25, 2008

Chinese resto 'tude in Belleville

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)


Anonymous said...

god those krung threp people are bastards. The food is good but we decided not to write them up on because they were so huffy and unpleasant.

Adrian said...

Well, people have been getting used to it and take it for granted that they will act that way. They're kind of the Ami Louis of the Thai food world, I guess ! But all the fucking asian places in Belleville are the same!

Anonymous said...

But where do you come from and what's your problem?? Belleville is not "dirty and full of junkies", it's an old parisian neighbourhood which has not been cleaned yet by bobos and tourists, thank's god!! and i think that you don't get it.. paris is not about "Edith Piaf" any more (except for some tourists who will ever be disapointed.)Believe me, i'm a 30 years old Parisian.
So you shouldn't look at these restaurants and streets with such an unpoetic sight, or go to the champs elysées, that's made for tourists!

Adrian said...
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Adrian said...

Guess you've never gotten out of the Belleville metro, turned left and walked up the avenue, then, past all the bums and junkies on the left on your way to wank over the steamed dumplings and crap service at Le Pacifique. And don't lecture me on Paris you anonymous little fake. Enjoy my blog! Bet you can't get enough of it! (You seemed to enjoy it for at least 15m35s according to my log.

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