austinhu: Haha, yes, I have heard of wifi, and when it comes to my livelihood I don't trust it for a second, especially here. Area bluetooth is cool, but my current POS doesn't support it, and I couldn't afford it if it did. I've learned the hard way that the old reliable is old reliable for a reason...
austinhu: Troyce and narfs, completely agreed. I'll be doing my next column on service and service issues in light of your guys' comments. And yes, I think a view and gorgeous decor are nice but nothing is more important than good food and good service, especially when you start wandering into the more privileged dining territory. Surly service with your lanzhou la mian? Kind of expected and honestly part of the experience. But if I'm paying international dining prices I hope to at least the facsimile of international dining service levels. I'll try my best to explain more in the column and how we try to maintain standards at our shops.
llbb: Love Pho Zen. With HLK moving beside it and kebabs down the way, this end of YK is getting better and better. Only slight complaint is that the spring rolls fall apart a bit, but the amazing pho more than makes up for it.
joakim_the_mexicutioner_soria: "Holy psychedelic pajamas, Batman! Joker's goons are getting away with the CityWeekend Readers' Choice Awards!" ... "Don't worry, Robin. I have my Bat-Badly-Dressed-Villains-Repellent-Spray in my utility belt for just this occasion!"
troycekey: Greetings Chef. The daily avalanche of complaints about manager/waitstaff service from from across the city and most poignantly from many of the better restaurants makes this one the most important topics for providing a memorable dining experience. My own feeling as a diner is that while the dining environment and table dressings are important, they ultimately carry less weight compared to service if one had to make the choice between them. Speaking for some of your readers, we would like to read The Dish just one time when you address the issue of service-what are the primary service issues, how waitstaff are trained, how in-dining complaints should be handled, and how you up the game to raise the bar of standards here.
hadjiturban: I hate to be a dick here, but XXYY does a lot for the scene. Mike Herd brings acts to Shanghai, books lots of shows that include travelling bands as well as local acts, and we make a point to always thank the venue and other bands we play with. I love Round Eye, but they aren't the only band doing something for the scene in Shanghai. That was a lame comment.
tylersh: cwmarketing (Dominic?) translation: City Weekend (I) can claim that any vote is "suspicious" that I feel like. And you can never see the information anyway. So I can and have selected whichever winners I want this year. I have the power so screw your votes, this year they don't matter. For "Editor's Pick" I can do whatever I want anyway. Doublespeak explanation, Dom.
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