Don’t shoot me…

I’ve mentioned it time and time again that all opinions expressed in this blog of mine are entirely my own – what I like, you may not, what I feel is expensive or cheap, you may think otherwise…so if you do not agree with me, do feel free to say so and like I’ve always said too, it is not so much what you say but how you say it.

There are more ways than one to say the same thing. I think this is from a book on communicative English by a guy named Littlewood. The example given is: Why don’t you close the door? Depending on how you say it, that may come across as a suggestion, a reprimand, a ridicule…and if you are sitting on the bed and you let your hair down and you say that to me seductively, you know jolly well that it is none of the aforementioned. LOL!!!

So if you come and tell me that I always blog about this place and praise it to the skies but the things there are so expensive, depending on how you say it, it may come across like you are not too happy with what I have written, just to put it mildly.

Well, for one thing I would always specify the prices (unless somebody else is picking up the tab and I do not have the information I require) so you can see and judge for yourself and don’t shoot me if you do not read everything I write in my posts. If you think it is expensive, then it is your prerogative not to go to such and such a place and no, don’t shoot me if you still choose to do so despite your opinion that it is expensive…but no, I would agree to a certain extent that it may not be all that cheap though I did mention once that it may relatively be the same as or perhaps even cheaper than many places elsewhere but that would depend entirely on what and how much you order.

For a start, let’s say that you pick this Bangladeshi lamb curry…

Payung Cafe Bangladeshi lamb curry

…which is a whopping RM19.00 with one rice…and if you ask for another plate of rice, that will be an additional RM2.00 – RM21.00 now. There is meat in the dish with potatoes, enough for two and with the rice, that is a complete meal by itself. For an upscale cafe, I would say that is not expensive unless you want to compare it with prices at a no-class-at-all coffee shop or hawker stall.

Ok, you feel that is not enough, so perhaps you would want the pomelo salad (RM8.00)…

Payung pomelo salad

…or the Payung rojak, small (RM10.00) to go with it and maybe, you would want a mushroom roll (RM8.00) as well…

Payung Cafe mushroom roll

…that would bring the total to RM37.00 or RM39 if you are having the rojak. All that, I would say, is just nice for three so you may have to share the two plates of rice or order another plate, RM41.00.

It may be less that that if you go for the chicken dishes instead of the lamb like the green curry…

Payung Cafe green curry chicken

…or the kacang ma

Payung Cafe kacang ma chicken

…or perhaps you can opt for the fish…

Payung Cafe Payung fish

…or the otak otak

Payung Cafe otak otak

…which are all very much cheaper.

Of course, if you get carried away and order everything, all at one go, and you just can’t resist the lovely desserts here, then don’t blame me if the bill goes sky high. For one thing, we always ask for iced water…and we get special treatment there and it is on the house, so we get it free. Three of you would mean an additional RM3.00 for 3 glasses…but I do know of places where they charge the same or even RM2.00 for a glass, mind you! Still, most of the time, I would spend more or less the amount I would fork out eating here or here…and definitely not as much as here or here but even at those places, it may depend on what you order and how much.

And while we are on the subject of places that I often blog about, I would like to state here in no uncertain terms that if you plan on dropping by here, perhaps it would be a good idea to go on any other day other than Sunday, but of course, it is closed on Tuesdays.

We stopped by two Sundays ago after the morning service in church and it was packed so we had to leave and go elsewhere. Last Sunday, we tried again and we did manage to grab a table…but I was quite put off by the guy who went around taking orders and did not bother to come to our table (which was on the pavement outside by the extreme side) no matter how frantically I waved…even when he was standing there looking quite lost. I had to get the boss’ wife’s attention to our predicament before she sent him our way.

As it seemed, they did not have the staff to cope with the crowd on Sundays so the whole family was set loose to run the show. Even the nice lady who would wait at the tables was roped in to go into the kitchen to help out there when usually, the guy would do most of everything himself and she would go and help out sometimes with whatever she can do.

Then the food came. My missus had fried kway teow

Colourful Cafe fried kway teow

…but it looked so little, like only two-thirds of the above serving that we would usually get. What I know is the guy actually weighs the amount of noodles for each plate so it should be exactly the same – I was quite sure that I saw a lot more in some of the plates going to the other tables and I remember when he was still employed at his previous station, we did encounter the problem of a lot one day…and very little on another day.

When my nasi lemak with masak hitam beef came, I think there was just about a spoonful of the meat, definitely not as much as what I would usually have in the past, not even half of this…

Colourful Cafe nasi lemak masak hitam

…and we waited and waited for my girl’s nasi lemak with beef curry but it never came. My patience was wearing thin and I was about to explode…but my girl kept frowning and frowning – she never likes me making a scene in public so I just asked them nicely and told them to hurry up – we were going to leave right away to send my girl back to her school in the jungle.

Looking at how things would be like there on Sundays, you can jolly well guess that I would never go there again, not today nor any other Sunday from now on…and if you choose to do so and have the same not-so-pleasant experience, don’t shoot me and don’t say that I did not warn you!

Incidentally, the kopi-o-peng (iced black coffee) I had that morning was like plain water with a very very slight hint of coffee in it – it was so so so horrible, the worst I have ever had!!! I asked when I was paying the bill and was told that they had a new guy there making the drinks. Well, if that is the kind of coffee that he is capable of making, I’d just have plain water next time…or I’d wait till I get home before having a drink. Sometimes, these things can really spoil one’s day! Tsk! Tsk!

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Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

14 thoughts on “Don’t shoot me…”

  1. Ah, so this is the post that you mentioned. You are right, the price is not that expensive when you order the food smartly to cater for the number of persons there. I guess the person over ordered and got a shock when the bill came. Did the person contact you privately to about it or left a comment in your blog?

    I would be so annoyed too to be kept waiting. Did Melissa get her nasi lemak with beef curry in the end?

    Face to face. I suppose she wanted to express her opinion that the things there are expensive which was perfectly all right – everyone is entitled to his or her opinion and I would agree too so at such places, be selective in what one orders so as not to overspend…and if she did not tag her comment with “you always blog about this place”, her remark would have come across very differently.

    Yes, my girl’s nasi lemak came very fast – I guess they could see that I was fuming. Even mine took a while to come, later than my missus’ fried kway teow which needed time to cook. Nasi lemak, everything is ready – just put everything in a plate and serve. I guess it must be one of the guy’s children there to help out, not used to it and was very very slow…and not at all familiar with what to give and how much.

  2. I do love lamb but curry is a little too hot and spicy for me.

    You can always tone down the spiciness. When I was small, I used to rinse the meat in water before eating – now I am fine, the spicier the better. Gets getting used to, I guess.

  3. I have to roll my eyes when I hear of people complaining about the bill at the END of a meal. In what world are prices not listed and come as a surprise after you’ve finished eating? Customers know perfectly well (on most occasions) what the prices are so if you don’t like them, don’t order. And hey… this is the beauty of a blog – it’s yours! You get to write whatever you like. 😉

    Yes, as the words of a song go: “You can’t please everybody so you gotta please yourself.” (Garden Party, Rick Nelson)

    Indeed, the prices are all stated in the menu…and I will indicate them in my posts too so no excuse to say that they were caught unaware, didn’t know it would be expensive unlike some of these cafes and restaurants that have their own Facebook page – some never indicate the prices, just the things they serve (which usually look better in the photos). Dunno if that is a tactic to lure customers who haven’t the slightest idea as to what they are in for. Some Chinese places here too, no menu, no prices – you order by word of mouth and wait and see…like a sacrificial lamb. 😦

    Of course, there are those that do state the prices clearly, some will even scan their whole menu and post – I like that very much. Here you are – what you see is what you’ll get – the money is in your hands, the choice is yours.

  4. Yes, never on a Sunday if one can help it…. most of the eateries especially those popular ones, be prepared to be ignored, prepared to wait twice as long on as it is on a normal day, and service will not be as expected… hahahaa… If rushing for time, yes, it will make our patience thinner than usual…
    By the way, the food in Payung is still the best of the best!! Yummssss!

    Yes, always good there. I would drop by on special occasions or when I feel like a bit of pampering or when there are visitors coming to town. Normal days, I eat at home or go some place cheap and simple.

    At some places, when there is a crowd, the quality of the food served drops – so put off by that.

  5. Personally, I always avoid crowded places, no matter how good it’s reputation is. I need to eat in peace and quiet!

    Me too. I would avoid those crowded places and if it is air-conditioned, low ceiling, the noise can get unbearable. Does not help one bit that many here speak like they are delivering a speech to everybody in the room.

    Btw, hope the storm has passed. Hope your area’s ok, no blackout. Heard there were places without electricity for the whole day.

    1. Thank you, we weathered the storm safe from damage. Yes, my son near us suffered a blackout but we were ok.
      Now for the next storm, starting tonight!

      Oh dear!!! Hope it will not be very serious. Take care there.

      We had one that day and the flash flood almost went into the house. So terrible, but no black out though unlike at some people’s houses – the switch kept tripping because of the frightening lightning and thunder so they left it off till the storm had subsided. Thank goodness we have been spared since, touch wood!!!
      https://suituapui.wordpress.com/2016/05/08/storm/

      1. This time it came at night; strong winds woke me up at 4:30 am and I couldn’t get back to sleep! But it’s all over by 6 am. So we survived another one.

        Praise the Lord. These things can be so scary!

  6. Usually, I choose to eat out during weekdays rather than weekends. What not if special day falls on a weekend like Mother’s Day. I still prefer to eat at the comfort of my home. Simple homecooked food, that is it. Nasi lemak with masak hitam looks so good. Yummssss!!!…

    That’s what I would get here usually, so very nice but not last Sunday – the masak hitam so little and the sambal also less. If that is what I will get from now on, for sure, I would not bother to go back there again.

    Mother’s Day here, so packed. My friend could not find a place to have dinner, ended up somewhere and they ran out of rice so they had to have noodles with the dishes. Best to avoid eating out on such special occasions.

  7. Oh no, when there’s a crowd and the service is bad, it can spoil you day. I’ve had one or two of such experience and now I avoid going anywhere when they are super busy.

    There’s one place serving fusion western food, dirt cheap and not bad…but because there is such a terrible crowd, I never bother going back there. Tried a few times only. It seems the prices have gone up and the crowd is thinner, I hear but I’ve yet to go back there to check it out.

  8. Usually i will specify the price is for my own reference, unless like what you mention, someone else pick up the tab and do not have the information, as i have short memory, i can refer back at a later date, if the price is the same or if they have increase the price…

    Ya, sometimes I go back and see…so I will know if they have increased the prices and I would mention in my subsequent blog. Some will quietly increase and many/most will not realise it at all especially when the increase is not so obvious.

  9. Wah! Such a long post. But I enjoy reading it.

    Understandable. All opinions are solely your own.

    I seldom go out dining on Sunday or weekends unless special occasion. Breakfast, yes. Lunch, mostly tapau. Dinner, I cook.

    Glad you enjoyed it. Hehehehehe!!!! There are a few places here that I would avoid on Sundays especially after 9, all out for breakfast and brunch so it gets very crowded – makes my head spin…and even finding a place to park the car may be a problem. Rejang Park is very bad these days on Sunday mornings, I hear – best avoided.

All opinions expressed in my blog are solely my own, that is my prerogative - you may or may not agree, that is yours. To each his/her own.

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