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Mon, Mar. 12th, 2007, 10:06 am
Mr Wombat Reviews

Fayruz - a "lebanese" "food" joint on abbey st.

The food arrived late and lukewarm and missing part of the order delivered by a waitress that was rude and crap and it tasted like it was all absolutely swimming in oil and grease, which it was. The food is better in abrakekabra.

Mon, Mar. 12th, 2007 11:54 am (UTC)

That place is dire.

I actually warn people off if I see them looking at the menu when I'm walking past.

Mon, Mar. 12th, 2007 12:05 pm (UTC)

There is something about the place, perhaps the complete lack of redeeming features, that makes me feel like I should do the same thing. Most places, however crap have something to ... if not reccomend them then keep you from bashing them utterly but this joint fails on every level, aggressively.

Mon, Mar. 12th, 2007 12:41 pm (UTC)

Don't get me started on eating out...look, it's too late, you've got me started...

We already know you're going to get crap service in the majority of places you decide to eat out (No. I *DO NOT* want somebody to bow and scrape so I can feel all big and superior to the serving staff, I'd just like people to be polite mostly, after that I'd kinda like a little appreciation for the custom, but I'm not looking for much, honestly).

No, anyone could complain about the obvious stuff, what gets my goat most is the total lack of child friendlyness you get in the majority of places that are specifically targeted at families e.g. people with children.

I have a three year old. Three year olds are impatient to varying degrees (ours is actually very well behaved unless you REALLY take the piss), and they have to be "minded".

So :

1. drinks - they need to come with straws, preferably in sensible containers, not feckin stupid designer crystalware

2. drinks - don't fill them with ice cubes

3. drinks - kids'll drink'em so long as they're the right colour and come in a sensible container with a straw and no ice (you *can* add ice at the table if desired, we have opposable thumbs, the task is not beyond us...), so don't palm us off with €4 a pop Britvic 55 for kids orange juice!! Cordial will do fine!!

4. food - most kids like *plain* food. Ours is very adventurous and will actually eat all sorts of stuff at home, but when you're out and it's expensive to change your mind, we'd prefer simple, no fuss stuff. We ALL just want an easy life when we're out, ok??

5. food - bring it to the bloody table when we ask for it. Adults understand the difficult of preparing fabulous food, kids don't. Adults understand that it doesn't take much to throw together nuggets and chips. So just DO IT!

6. food - we understand food poisoning, but don't bring food to the table that is roughly the same temperature as the inside of the sun! It's REALLY inconvenient and probably quite dangerous to have two adults spend ten minutes blowing really hard on a plate of mash prior to eating their dinner

7. best idea on the planet for everyone concerned - bring a piece of paper and a pack of crayons to the table with the kids menu. Thank you.

Mon, Mar. 12th, 2007 01:11 pm (UTC)

Example - in a reasonably nice hotel on Saturday night for dinner in the restaruant (The Westgrove in Clane). Ordered orange juice for daughter. Stupidly expensive designer juice turns up in glass that *I* could hardly lift safely because of the kilo of ice in it. Asked waitress person for a straw, she started saying no before I'd even finished asking the question, I then asked if she could get one from the bar, again she started saying they didn't have them either before I'd finished asking the question. So I got up myself, walked into the bar, asked the guy behind the bar for a straw, he handed over two and I walked back to my table. I need the exercise, but should I *have* to do that, pay over the odds for ok food and then get looked at like a piece of shit because I don't leave a tip?

The revolution is coming, I tells ya boys and girls, and I'll be leading the charge.

Mon, Mar. 12th, 2007 01:25 pm (UTC)

Sure everyone knows Europeans don't tip.

Mon, Mar. 12th, 2007 02:48 pm (UTC)

Many, many moons ago, I ran a little coffee shop in Donegal. It being very much a family day out kinda place, we anticipated families with kids and planned accordingly. To this day, I am amazed at how quickly we became firm favourites with young families because we *gasp* served kids their drinks with straws, had kid friendly options for food and drink (hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows!) and - most popular of all - had a kiddies corner with kid sized chairs and a big basket full of jigsaw puzzles and picture books. Most Saturdays, we had several families that would deposit their assembled kids in the play corner and merrily read the paper until their kids got bored with their new playmates.

Didn't cost us much to set up, generated a lot more income. And having happy punters around is always a pleasure. Win win.


Mon, Mar. 12th, 2007 05:43 pm (UTC)

Yep, simple isn't it?? I mean, I was eating in a bloody three star hotel! If you can't take your kids to a hotel where can you take 'em!?

And as an example of how it *can* be done right in a classier place, the Radisson in Limerick cannot be faulted for its service...the hotel is crap, but the restaurant service was excellent.

Mon, Mar. 12th, 2007 07:17 pm (UTC)

Alas, it would seem that the "classier" the establishment, the less child friendly it is.

In my case, it helped that I had a bunch of kick-ass waitresses that would actually go read the kids a story if we weren't too busy (I'd like to credit their altruism, but I'm pretty certain they just figured out how much better the tipping got when they did!)

Mon, Mar. 12th, 2007 02:57 pm (UTC)

While they would never actually say it outright most restaraunts don't actually want the business of the two stressed adults and the two young kids. They'd much rather have two or more adults buying the expensive wine and high profit margin salads. So they probably really are trying to put you off ;) If I was eating out with friends on weekend afternoon I wouldn't want to eat somewhere that had lots of screaming kids.

Suggestions for families: McDonalds, Burger king, The Bad ass Cafe, TGI Fridays

Suggestions for adults: Zaytoon, Waggamama, Tante Zoe's, The Chatham Brasserie, The Gotham Cafe, Wongs, Roly's Bistro.

Mon, Mar. 12th, 2007 03:55 pm (UTC)

Bar Italia in the Italian Quarter is great for families at weekends.

Mon, Mar. 12th, 2007 05:40 pm (UTC)

Whoa, hold on a second there, who said anything about screaming kids? I had to put up with a guy who throughout the entire evening kept pretending to vomit and thinking it was the funniest thing he and his chums had ever witnessed...he appeared to be in his early thirties. I would not expect anyone to put up with my child if she disturbed other diners, but she very rarely does because she's being brought up properly.

Suggestions for families: McDonalds, Burger king, The Bad ass Cafe, TGI Fridays

And children should be forced to eat shit why, exactly?

Suggestions for adults: Zaytoon, Waggamama, Tante Zoe's, The Chatham Brasserie, The Gotham Cafe, Wongs, Roly's Bistro.

And I should want to eat with a bunch of jumped up wannabes why, exactly?

Mon, Mar. 12th, 2007 04:55 pm (UTC)

I think there's a Lebanese place on Parliament St. that's supposed to be pretty good, opposite the Front Lounge or something - it's a couple of years since I was there though.

Or failing that Iskander's on Dame St, provided you're bladdered.