Restaurant Experience: Completely Avoidable

Amit decided that it was time we went on another ‘date’, so S&S were called in to babysit last weekend. We planned to watch a movie, but the only one that looked interesting didn’t run at a suitable hour at the movie hall nearest home, so we decided to just do dinner instead. A long, leisurely dinner with drinks, appetizers, main course, and dessert, stretching over three hours or so, we thought, would be nice. So we thought.

I’d never been to Sahib, Sindh and Sulran before, and since it was quite nearby, we decided to go there.

As soon as we walked in, I didn’t like the place. It was dark, crowded, and noisy. There was a row of tables down each side of the hall, and a row of two-seaters squeezed in between. We, naturally, were in the squeezed-in row. The table was so small that once the excessively large plates were in place, there was no space left for the food. Every time they brought a dish, they took away something else. First they took away the complimentary bread platter before we were done with it, and later they actually removed my un-used side plate prior to serving the main course! Maybe they just should have removed the dinner plates altogether and let us eat straight out of the serving dishes. They were keen enough to do so, whipping them away before the last bite had gone down. And I do mean ‘before’ – they almost succeeded in removing my appetizer before I was done with it. Some nifty wrist work on my part saved the day that time, but the bread rolls we really did lose.

Service was so good it was bad. There seemed to be an excess of waiters who were all very quick and eager. Apart from whipping your food away from under your nose, they flourished the menu before you were quite seated, brought each dish almost before you’d ordered it, and generally managed to courteously and efficiently rush you through your meal, apparently in an effort to free up the table for the next taker. And takers, strangely enough, there were plenty of.

The drinks we ordered – Bloody Mary for me and something exotic with vodka for Amit, were completely lacking in alcohol. Amit’s, in fact, seemed to be coloured sugar-syrup. He took a sip, I took a sip, and we both rejected it absolutely and totally. Mine I drank for the tomato juice – though it was an outrageously expensive glass of tomato juice.

The food was ok – not bad, but not good enough for the price tag. Other equally pricey restaurants, and even some less expensive ones, manage to dish up more subtle and exciting flavours in their food. At half the cost, the food could have been conssidered decent.

The only good thing I can say about the place is that, when Amit rejected his drink, some senior person, presumably from the bar counter, was sent over to enquire as to the nature of the complaint. He didn’t react to the charge of their being no alcohol in either of the drinks, but offered Amit some other drink, which he refused. They had the good grace not to bill us for the rejected drink, though, so that was decent of them. Only trouble being, if we had wanted not to be billed for a drink, we wouldn’t have bothered to order it.

In the end, what with the high decibel levels and the too-small table and the over-eager waiters, we skipped the dessert and were out of there in about an hour. So much for our long, leisurely dinner.

So, if you’re considering dinner out at Sahib, Sindh, and Sultan, my advice to you would be: don’t even bother.

8 Responses to Restaurant Experience: Completely Avoidable

  1. Supriya says:

    Thank god they refused to let us in when we showed up for our anniversary a couple of years ago without a reservation. We never tried to go again – totally put off by the attitude. 🙂 Sorry to hear you had a wasted evening, though.

  2. Sowmya says:

    Gosh, this is so weird Mika! We had a similar experience this weekend! We went to an upscale Indian restaurant in Mountain View. They kept rushing everything, snatching away food before we were done (there was a dedicated waiter just to snatch our food and plates away!) and the food was decent but not good enuf for the price. Prsh’s mojito was really smashing, but my vague cocktail was soooo syrupy I hated it. Sadly I still had to pay for it 😦 And it was noisy and worse, the tables were soo close everybody else could hear us talk! The upside was their mojitos are really good and in their rush to rush us, they kept mixing up orders and it was a messy evening for them 😉

  3. doug H / Mrwhatzit says:

    This is very disappointing. I was just about to arrange a 23 hour plane ride to sample some of Sahib, Sindh, and Sultan’s famous dishes, but now it’s out of the question.

    Oh, well. Guess I’ll have to settle for the Chinese place on the corner.

  4. doug H / Mrwhatzit says:

    By the way, have you ever seen the movie “The Black Stallion?” It was based on the children’s classics, came out around 1980, and I remember it as being excellent.

  5. poupee97 says:

    Doug: No, I haven’t. I wish I had… will look around for it.

  6. Christina says:

    Oh… We went here for a team outing a couple of months ago… But we had an excellent experience 🙂

  7. Christina says:

    Come to think of it, probably helped that we went on a week day afternoon 🙂

  8. poupee97 says:

    Chris: Amit had been for office outings here too, and he didn’t think it was bad at all. Made our weekend evening experience so much more unexpected and disappointing.

    And, I’m guessing you folks didn’t order alcoholic drinks that turned out to be non-alcoholic. 🙂

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