It has happened again! I’m out for a meal on my own and the wait staff check with everyone else in the restaurant. Are you okay? Do you need anything else? And they don’t visit me!
Why is that, I keep wondering? Is it my resting bitch face? Am I giving out a vibe? I don’t mean to.
Perhaps it is because I’m reading a book. Head down, clearly engrossed, not looking around. Maybe that’s the message they’re reading. She’s obviously happy enough. She’s engaged in her own pleasure. And if she wanted something, we’d soon know.
I am reading, but I’m also observing.
The older couple near me. How he keeps offering menu choices to his wife, but she isn’t interested in any of them. She wants fish, but not the cod. Too fishy!
The younger South African couple who make many comments ‘under their breath’ about:
a) the size of their meal (too big)
b) the tea strainer not working (leaves in their tea).
Asking the waitress:
a) for a better strainer
b) for another serviette; and
c) to take away their food.
The man who has brought his grandson into the pub, sits at the bar and orders sandwiches and water. School must be out early.
A fellow on his own, drinking beers and watching sports TV.
And the ladies nearby who could be a bookclub. They’re winding up, but talking books as they depart. Makes me think to mention to the TLC (Treasured Ladies Club) about making one Saturday a month a book meeting.
While I pause reading to write these observations on my phone, the waitress has asked a new patron how she can help, but still not looked over to me 😀
Recently, I brunched with two friends, one of whom was annoyed at how often the staff bothered us, while we were conversing! The restaurant wasn’t busy, so perhaps the staff just had time on their hands. But they can’t win, can they? 😀
Oh, here we go. A very lovely Irish lad has offered to wrap up my leftovers, no bother. “Thank you,” say I. “And I’ll have a cappuccino to take away, please.”
P.S. When clearing plates for the older couple I mentioned above, their waitress threw out the standard “Hope you enjoyed the food?” Cod lady wasn’t happy. Her plate was almost completely empty, but something was just not nice.
The waitress (and her husband) were embarrassed. I was not surprised!
BEST PLACES TO EAT IN GALWAY – FOOD + SERVICE
Marmalade Bakery (Best Coffee). Also make and sell their own bread, sweet and savoury cakes and scones.
Cupan Tae (Great Tea). Huge and interesting range of teas. Also serve brunch and afternoon tea. I love their courgette cake and coffee and walnut cake.
Black Cat, Salthill (Tapas). Good food and atmosphere, great service.
Dough Bros (Pizza). Delicious thin crust pizzas with unusual toppings, excellent service and good atmosphere. Won many awards.
Gourmet Tart Co (Lunch salads/wraps). Also do delicious biscuits and quick meals.
Petit Delice (Pattiserie). French cakes and pastries. Also really nice baguette/sandwich bar.
Gourmet Food Co, Salthill (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner). Very popular. All meals large and excellent. Make a great cocktail special too!
An Pucan (Gastro Pub). All round casually excellent. Very busy. Very attentive staff. Excellent food. Loved their Jameson Black Barrel BBQ Sauce with Cashel Blue Cheese Dip.