Bad Dining Experience

03 Nov

Last week in celebration of Nathan’s good fortune, Nathan treated his wife Jessy, Tyler, and me to sushi at a local sushi bar whose name, for legal purposes, will not be revealed here. However, you can think long and hard to figure out what sushi place I mean, as there are only two or three in Troy.

First, the sushi was delicious.

However, I’ll warn you to not order water there. Ever. Seriously.

Being the health-observant person I am, I try to drink a lot of water. Thereto in addition, water almost never costs money at restaurants, so you can save a few dollars by having water instead of any other kind of beverage.

Tyler took a sip of his refilled glass, and immediately said that something was wrong.

Nathan tasted his and verified the chlorine taste of the water.

The server had poured cleaning water in our glasses, which, while diluted and not capable of killing us, certainly had the power to make everyone sick to their stomachs.

Naturally, this upset us all, and Tyler took great pains to try to remove the horrible taste from his mouth, which wasn’t successful even after eating the pickled ginger and wasabi.

How did our dear friends at the restaurant repay us?

Why, they gave a whole whopping 10% discount on the bill!

An additional question I have is why are Japanese restaurants always run by Chinese or Koreans? I haven’t really understood how that happens.

Then again, Van Tilden’s husband, Yasutaka, explained it to me once the best that he could. Yasu said the basic premise is that Americans don’t care if an actual Japanese person cooks the Japanese food because, well, at least they’re Asian, and they all look alike, so it makes no difference to the ignorant American.

The difference is that had we been in Japan when this happened (or been at a Japanese restaurant where actual Japanese people ran it), we would have had the meal free and received another free meal for the next time we visited the restaurant, plus coupons galore. Van Tilden can correct me if I’m wrong.

Either way, the dining experience was kind of ruined by the cleaning water incident. I can report that Tyler is okay, though.

The moral of the story is that the next day at Waffle House, we both made sure to order soft drinks instead of water. No sense in taking any chances.



Posted by on November 3, 2010 in food


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3 responses to “Bad Dining Experience

  1. Project Van

    November 4, 2010 at 2:15 am

    yeah that would be at least. though you might not be able to use the coupons for next time as the place would probably be shut down if enough people saw! competition is too steep….any blemish is fatal.
    and serving cleaning water is a huge blemish!!!!! they really should be shut down for that. that:s just too scary.

    if they could make a mistake that big, think what else they are capable of! they shoulda been kissing your feet and begging you not to report it.

    • enamouredslave

      November 4, 2010 at 1:42 pm

      Oh, well, we’ve still mentioned their names via Facebook quite a few times. And yeah, they’re lucky we didn’t report them.

  2. Jessy

    November 4, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Yeah… we need to call the health department for sure… that was just ridiculous.

    If you can’t trust the water at a fancy restaurant, can you trust it anywhere?


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