Saturday, November 7, 2009
Best restaurant ever
Last night we went to my favourite restaurant in Suzhou: a fairly cheap, and simple Sichuan restaurant that is loved amongst locals as well as westerners. There is always a line at this restaurant, but the food is well worth waiting for. Since I have been there numerous times, the two gorgeous host girls recognize me as the “laowai that can speak Chinese” and they always greet me warmly, smiling and joking. Yesterday we arrived quite late, and only had to line up 10 minutes or so to get a table.
Once seated we ordered, ate and enjoyed.
When it was time to pay a waitress came over with the bill and said we owed 100 kuai. She then asked if we’d had to line up to get our table.
-Yes, I said, and gave her the little note with the line number that I had been given by the two host girls at arrival.
-OK, wait a moment, you’ll get some money back, the girl said and disappeared.
Five minutes later the restaurant manager (I know him too, man, I really go here too much!) came over, smiling at us. He handed over a VIP card and 30 yuan.
Apparently our new “VIP membership” gave us a 10% discount.
….and waiting in the line for 10 minutes knocked off another 20 yuan?
Well not sure what was the case but I now, if possible, love this restaurant even more. Every single night all their tables are full, and still they give customers who have to wait a discount.
Moreover, their food is always up to standards and an order never go wrong.
Chinese restaurant success story.