Tag Archives: change

Wagamama; first impressions.

Glasgow has it’s fair share of noodle style restaurants, and my usual one is Ichiban. However, as a bit of a change myself and a friend headed off to the local Wagamama outlet. Not been before so curious about what my first impressions would be.

I guess it was around half full, though they had got most people all squashed together. We were duly slotted into a gap between two other groups of people. (Not a place for conversation unless you want everybody else to be able to listen in.)

We had hardly sat down and picked up the menus when a waitress came up and asked us what we wanted to drink. Because I showed a slight hesitation in saying what I wanted the waitress grabbed the menu from me, turned it round so the drinks page was uppermost, then thrust it back at me (rather rude, and certainly no thought of ‘customer service’). Our drinks were quick to arrive and food order taken. The menu was rather dominated by either prawn type seafood or chicken dishes, so I went for some spicy chicken. It arrived reasonably quickly. The food itself was nice but had been put onto a very cold plate. This meant that the main part of the food was reasonably hot, but the food towards the edge was tepid at best.

I thought this was meant to be an oriental style noodle bar (chop sticks were provided) but the way the food had been prepared and cut meant that using chop sticks a was not really a practical option.

I had hardly finished my last mouthful (my friend was still eating) when my plate was whisked away from me. The thought ‘conveyor belt’ sprung to mind, no proper customer service, we were there to be processed as quickly (and as indifferently) as possible.

The bill was presented and money handed over, and then we waited, and waited, and waited, and I noticed all the money trays at the counter had long been cleared, and we waited (for longer than it took us to eat the meal) and waited and I noticed our waitress occasionally glancing at us till eventually she went to the computer terminal, tapped quickly, and shortly after our change arrived! Quite obviously she had no intention of giving this to us.

Looking around, for what was meant to be an oriental style food bar there were no ‘oriental style’ people eating there, and likewise not an oriental person visible behind the relatively open plan kitchen area. This thing of no local oriental people willing to eat in this style of place was for me an interesting reflection on it’s actual quality and authenticity.

Compare this to my local Ichiban; similar rice or noodle based dishes, similar price range, but a place where hardly an English word is audible from behind its kitchen area, and a customer base that’s very oriental biased.
Would possibly be willing to give the place a second try (though not in any rush). However from my first impressions I know which restaurant I prefer to be spending my money in!

Wagamama  and Ichiban

Summer / Winter clock change.

Writing this, it’s that time of year when the clocks are changed by an hour, it’s that summer / winter clock change time again. Something that I think is a real pain in the arse.

I really don’t know why we keep on doing it. After all, it doesn’t give you any more daylight. If you’re on the equator then you get 12 hours of ‘day’ and 12 hours of ‘night’ making up your 24 hour day. For the rest of us, the daylight to darkness ratio is dependent on your latitude and the season. So if on a particular winter’s day you are due to get 9 hours of light, then that’s what you get, perhaps it’s summer so on a specific day maybe 15 hours of daylight. No amount of shifting clocks is going to change that. If it’s 15 hours from sunrise to sunset, then it’s 15 hours.

With all this clock changing, one group will say how the day biased to more light in the morning hours cuts down on one set of accidents, another group will argue their case saying how having the daylight biased to the evening willbenefit them. What ever you do, you’re not going to please everybody. So why not leave the clocks alone, and then let people adjust their own requirements to suit their own situations.After all , the relationship between the Earth and the Sun is not going to be altered just because someone wants to muck around with a clock. So when the sun is at its peak position in the middle of the sky, make that mid-day! A fixed point that everybody can relate to.

The Earth rotated around its own axis and in turn rotates around the Sun, live with it!