Went in there excited to try this place as Thai is one of my personal favorites.
The first lady asked us where we'd like to sit. There was only one other couple in the entire restaurant at around 6:30. They had the cushion seating, which we said, sure that looks neat.
We wait a while and then a man wearing casual street clothes approaches us -- not sure if he is the waiter -- but I guess so, he asks us what we want. I started out picking the curry prawns which were $13.99 and added a rice to that $1.50. My friend ordered something similar. He then tells us we need to add more -- pointing out on the menu there is a $15 per person charge -- which I only noticed on the menu after. I was literally 50 cents short! There was never mention of this before the hostess invited us to sit there.
He claims this is never a problem as most people order more than $15 each. I said we weren't that hungry and that would probably be too much food. The tone of his voice made us feel like second class citizens. I REPEAT NEVER, HAVE FELT THIS WAY FROM GOING TO A RESTAURANT.
He never even ask us if we wanted a drink -- which would have put us over his $15/per person minimum. By this point I felt really insulted and said 'you know what, that's fine we will eat elsewhere'.
He continued to jab at us as we made our way out of the restaurant. Saying don't come here if you don't have money to spend. I eat at restaurants usually 4-5 per week -- never encountered something like this.
This was a Monday night with as I mentioned -- 2 people in the entire restaurant space. I departed by saying fine, we will go up the street to 'Sala Thai' -- we have always been treated great there, welcomed with big smiles and their food is terrific. Not surprising the least the restaurant was 99% empty -- with this sort of attitude, I wouldn't give this place very much longer.
I understand the economy right now sucks. But It was almost like he was releasing his frustration on us -- telling us to spend more money. LOOK, you do it right -- treat people like people and things will work out. Hence Sala Thai which had over 20 people eating in it.
Unfortunately this review will only go to further the damage. I really hate to write things like this -- but I feel I'm 100% validated.