That's my second review for the Home Plate BBQ. Yes, my first one was written when I was frustrated, so it just came out as a lot of whining about this and that, but I am all for second chances. I think it would be fair if I mention that after my first bad review(sorry), their manager sent me an official apology about what happened. That meant a lot to me, because it made me feel like they care. So I came back again.
It was during the holidays, so they were really packed and busy. I was with a couple of friends, and we made it difficult for them. On that particular evening we were the worst clients ever. We were hesitant, capricious and impatient. We complained about everything we could. We changed the table. We said it was too hot. Then we said it was too cold. We made a lot of requests. With ice, no ice, with lemon, with less lemon, what do you recommend, what else do you recommend, what's that movie, where is our food, bring us another chair, we are hungry, hurry up please, take this, don't take that and so on.
And you know what? They made it through. I know we were horrible, and I am sorry about that, but I have to say I was impressed. For every stupid request, for every irrelevant complaint we made - there was always one or two people who were ready to deal with it, and help us, and explain stuff, and they were very patient and polite and even smiling. Honestly, I admire that. You did a really good job, and won me over! Oh, and that pulled pork sandwich - delicious! I am glad that now I am just one of numerous people here in Beijing who love Home Plate BBQ and go there over and over again.
Considering how little space they have, I think they manage to make the best of it. Their cocktails are very interesting and leave you wanting for more. I can't wait to come back and try things I haven't tried yet. What was extremely impressive is that even though they were very busy, their service was impeccable. They literally had waiters placed strategically in every corner, and they were not just dreamily staring into space, but very alert and attentive and ready to help you within seconds. They really spoil you! Sweet touch - they give you chewing gum when you leave. I know, it's not a big deal, but I like those little gestures. So coming back!
We (family of 4) love GLB #12 and were excited to try #45 over the holiday. It was all excellent. From the beers to the wings to the pizzas, everything tasted fresh and delicious. We were able to try a few different types of pizzas thanks to 2 daily offerings of pizza by the slice. The whole pizzas are big (we took home 2 slices) with the best crust we've tasted in Beijing-thin, chewy and slightly charred. Service is always reliable and the beers make the whole experience practically perfect. This will become a regular spot for us, I'm sure!
The burgers as usual were the best, that was great. Service was fine, value good, i was there on a lunchtime so got a free drink. the downside was the beer batter chicken which i always order, I don't know if this was just an off day or a poor batch, but it was nowhere near as good as the previous several times. A shame.
Well, I was really looking forward to this, I know a bit about this korean/mexican fusion, its been around a while. The staff were great, the restaurant cosy and clean, the food, well, it was ok, nice enough but didn't blow me away like I expected.
The pizza was amazing! We ordered the cheese pizza with the egg in the middle and it was unbelieveable. The place was super packed even during the chinese new year holiday and the service was pretty good considering how many people there were.
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