May 20, 2006
Tables turned

Interesting perspective from a friend of mine at work. We were at a free company lunch in a Chinese restaurant (nothing fancy, your typical set menu, but I'm not complaining, it's paid for,. *lol). Anyway, my friend mentioned that whenever they go to a Chinese restuarant and ask for chopsticks, they get strange looks from the waiting staff. It's like it's out of the norm for someone who is not oriental to use chopsticks. I know it's great that some folks make an effort to use them, but sometimes restaurants somehow just find it normal for folks who are not oriental just use a knife and fork. My friend just finds it amusing, but I think Dublin is one of the very few places where people are willing to try something different. I know in Limerick, palettes don't really change, that is why Chinese food in my parent's restaurant has hardly changed i.e. new additions to the menu, as the locals just don't want to try anything different. It has been like this for decades now. Folks just come in and order the same thing over and over again. We can't second guess customers, I suppose we just assume how the majority acts, and proceed with that in mind. Only time will tell, when cities like Limerick might open a bit more and be a little bit more adventurous.

Posted by whykay at May 20, 2006 12:53 PM