----Don't call your restaurent a steakhouse when your steak is like crap
Shelly , Grace and I went for dinner @ Phin's Steakhouse due to my insistence because i was craving for steak and NYDC did not have that.
And oh , what a fucked up virgin experience @ Phin's !!
Ravenous and feeling extremely moody due to the hunger , the least we would want was fucked up sloth-slow service.
Firstly , the waiter who served us was obviously a newbie .
Being in the F&b line myself i can fully empathise on his nervousness and lack of menu knowledge but i cannot forgive how long it took for him to serve us the drinks we ordered , which came like 20 minutes later when the restaurent wasn't even half filled.
And did i mention how skillfull he was in dodging the glances i threw at him in the hope that i would get his prompt attention so that we could order our food ?!
He would acknowledge my presence by grabbing a pen and nodding his head but as soon as my head was turned he would disappear and emerge from somewhere later and conveniently forgetting about me.
We had to literally pull him by the sleeve for him to serve us.
30 minutes after we had ordered , our food was still nowhere in sight and by then we were already so famished that conversation started to wane except for Grace who was still chattering away happily. God knows where her energy came from.
Soon , Grace's fish 'N' chips arrived and she decided to wait for the rest so that we could eat together.
BAD BAD MISTAKE.
Who was to know that by the time our food was ready her fish n chips would have turned soggy already ?
45 minutes , lots of grumbling and peering into the kitchen later , my steak and Shelly's seafood basket had NOT arrived yet.
So whats the big deal , you ask.
The big deal is , the restaurent had only like 15 patrons out of the max of say , 50 seats.
And there were definitely enough staff for efficient service.
Feeling extremely irked , we asked why the hell our orders were taking so long and this harassed looking girl explained that "they're experiencing some problems with the staff and asks for our understanding"
Jolly well and good.
In the very first place from the very moment we stepped in we should have been informed that there would be a delay in our orders should we decide to dine in so that we would be able to decide on whether we would want to wait patiently if we were not that hungry or leave if we were.
So finally an hour later our food arrived.
Shelly's seafood basket looked sorry and lilluputian while the mushroom gravy on my steak looked lumpy and had nothing that looked like mushrooms in it , save for a few mushroom shaped lumps of gravy.
The steak was nothing to rave about either , being rather insipid in taste ( as with the mushroom-gravy-without-mushrooms ) but because i was just so bloody hungry , i wolfed it down in a matter of minutes.
And even though i specifically requested to change the baked potato that came with the steak to french fries TWICE , guess what.
Yep.. I still got a baked potato.
By then about 8 impatient diners had already left the restaurent before their food arrived.
Midway through my gobbling i noticed that there were a few policemen outside who was talking to the cook from Phin's and being the kaypohs that we were , demanded to know what was the exact reason that caused the delay.
The same harassed looking waitress said that a few gangsters had come to look for trouble with the cook earlier on and they had barged into the kitchen wanting to a pick a fight .
Okay fine , that soothed our anger quite a bit but still i am unable to excuse the lousy waiter and the appalling standard of food we got considering how long we had waited and besides the gangsters had only an empty threat and it wasn't like the cook got beaten up or something so i don't see why we should tolerate such nonsensical standards of food and service .
It was still pretty cheap thoughi could have gotten much better fare at the same price at V8 movies cafe in Bugis ( my absolute fav place for steak btw ) .
When our bill came , the waitress said rather triumphantly that she had given us a discount as a form of apology .
Wow , discount sia ! The three of us huddled over the bill to check out the discount given.
Shelly laughed and exclaimed sarcastically
"Yah , discount alright.. 99 cents !!"
Yep , the discount was a dismal 99 cents. Very very disappointing. I was hoping that at least they would throw in my steak for free because i had waited one fucking hour for that mere slab of bland meat !
A sign of goodwill nevertheless but come on , 99 cents like is a mere 1% out of a total of $40.
At my cafe should anything cock up we would throw in a muffin or give a 10% discount off the total bill.
Please , have a heart and spread the word.DO NOT PATRONISE PHIN'S STEAKHOUSE.
On a more serious note, i had been feeling very very very very down for the past week and i don't know why.
My mood dipped to an all time low when for two days NOBODY called nor messaged me. Yes i know i'm just making a big fuss but for someone who is used to waking up with a couple of missed calls every morning , it is very upsetting.
Everyone seems to be so busy now that school has reopened.
I feel ignored..
And no , i am no longer dating the Ah Beng because i have decided that really , we're not suitable for each other , both in terms lifestyle and character.
In a nutshell.. No chemistry.
I feel very depressed also because i have lost two good friends of mine , namely the NUS guy i've mentioned earlier and one of P's filming crew mates from SP whom i went out with once.
After gently rejecting the both of them they just refused to contact me despite me throwing away my pride and asking them out just to make sure that our friendship is still intact.
So now i am dateless , jobless and failing my exams.
Yep.. its definitely as good as it gets.
Oh , i've just resigned from my job lah.. More of that next time.
Feeling so bloody down again.
Hope the blues would go away soon because i keep catching myself leaning against some random pillar suddenly while walking and staring at the surroundings for a few minutes without a reason.
Like as if i'm suffering from a mild case of narcolepsy.
listening to : staind - its been awhile