“Here’s your fork, sir. Now why don’t you stick it up your own nostrils?”
Imagine hearing a line like that at a restaurant. Well, you may never come across the exact same words, but if there was any eatery in the world you would hear something similar, it was Wong Kei in London's Chinatown.
Being mistreated was part of the city’s rudest restaurant’s charm, but thanks to some patrons’ inability to take the staff’s behavior with a pinch of salt; its management has been forced to undergo a revamp, which includes a politer waiting style. The co-manager, Maylee McDowell, has vowed to “change the image to be better - good food, good service.”
The British are renowned the world over for their sense of humor, but clearly some folk are unable to tolerate a little banter.
The regulars will undoubtedly miss the waiters telling them to eat faster or laughing at their request for a fork. For fans, the ill-mannered staff and hostile atmosphere were just as important as the food. “Here, bad service is 'de rigueur'," wrote one fan on the restaurant's TripAdvisor page. "When we get a friendly waiter, it's disappointing."
“Rudeness of the staff is hilarious and should not be taken literally,” says another.
Before Wong Kei closed its doors for ‘refurbishment’, scores would queue up at the 500-cover restaurant to be verbally abused over the chicken satay and pork fried noodles. While the food may be decent, most people came for the unique experience.
“People actually visit this place to experience the rudeness! (But I like many others love the atmosphere) food is great and good value! The surroundings are very informal and always very busy! Yes, the restaurant is going through a refurb and will be under new management but I really hope they keep the staff,” soprea, another TripAdvisor user, wrote on the site.
Now if only some of the patrons get could have eased up their stiff upper lips, true fans wouldn’t be forced to sit comfortably and be served in a courteous manner. Some might even have to go through the pain of getting a fork and knife without being laughed at.