Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Ridiculously fine dining

So there is this “exclusive” restaurant in a small shop house near my workplace. There is a perennial crowd of people waiting outside it to always get in. If it rains there is a bunch of umbrellas with people shivering under it and if it’s sunny there is a big crowd of sweaty people braving the heat.

After passing by that place umpteen times my curiosity was obviously aroused. I did some research and figured out this – the Japanese restaurant allows walk-ins for lunch. But for dinner you need to have an advance booking even to stand out there in the crowd.

That explains the crowd during lunch times. People start queuing like 10:00 AM in the morning (while I am still digesting my coffee!) and they keep queuing till the owner slams the door on them in the afternoon at 3:00 PM. Yeah the restaurant opens for lunch between 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM.

So after months of navigating that crowd to go to my office and back, I have also been thinking of joining the frenzy. Now queuing at 10:00 AM is madness, but I felt I might book for dinner one evening and pop-in to see what the hullaballoo is all about.

And here is the sign in plain English that I found outside the door (early morning 08:00 AM in January). I sneakily took a picture before a man dressed like a samurai shooed me away (lucky he was not brandishing a sword!).


A restaurant booked for 6 months in advance? That’s insane. I can’t imagine of one creative reason why I would want to wait for 6 months to eat at a place. Even if the food is like super freaking awesome.

Always booked

It’s just a few seconds of taste on your tongue before it is a bunch of crap (literally) in your intestines. Why on earth would I wait so long for those few seconds of carnal pleasure? When I bounced this thought off my food connoisseur friend (who indeed is waitlisted and “lucky” to be in the list in the next 6 months) he gave me a condescending look which said “You village bumpkin, you have no understanding of the finer things in life!”

Anyway, the only reason I would probably wait 6 months is if I were a die hard fan of some celebrity and that person was ready to dine with me in this restaurant! And then, I can’t think of anyone that I would desperately wish to dine with. I think I will give this place a miss. If you happen to go there, do sneak out a tiny morsel for me to munch on.

1 comment:

  1. hehehe ...revisited this blog and it reminded me that even I had waited in a queue few times but that's only for half an hour. Once outside Mamaledar missal at Thane for 15 mins of so and had amazing missal paav :) Ssrrrrrruuuuppppp