I can’t say how long it took for the food to arrive but I expected to wait some time given the enormity of the order – two crayfish, six prawns, 8 mussles, cob and calamari. We were provided with two very large round plates with some garnish on them and slightly heated before the piece de resistance – a large rectangular plate filled with seafood that made our dinner plates hang over the edge of the table. Medium-sized rectangular plates would have been more suitable.
By this time it was one o clock and the restaurant had filled up. We did not see out waiter for another hour. I wanted some garlic butter for the crayfish and cob but by the time the manager came over to ask if everything was okay, I said fine because I was already 90% finished with my meal.
My mother ordered white chocolate mousse for dessert. It was not available as was the malva pudding. She settled for a vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce – which was nice. Getting our waiter to bring the bill was another mission. It was 2 o clock before that was done and by that time I had complained to the manager about the service.
Still, a nice venue with nice see and harbour views. If you go there make sure you don’t encounter an oil spill like we did. Also, it was not really the waiter’s fault. We could see he was handling many tables. Its a management issue – she should have moved us to another table immediately, made sure the oil spill was cleaned up properly and tended to us when she noticed that the waiter was overburdened.
The Play – I though the acting was good and in particular Wendy did a stirling job of performing a Hyasith Bouquet type of role. The other actors were also good although the Tom character – I wonder if he could play any other role but a surly taciturn man with violent tendencies. My problem with the play is that it had no plot. Nothing really happens – except at the end and by that time the audience was so ready to go home that they did not care how the characters reacted to the event. It was an interesting premise – a group of adult getting together while a teenager has a party next door. But a premise does not make a play or a plot. As a result most of the dialogue was inane banter going no where. There was some hint at class distinctions (has the neighbourhood gone to pot) but this was never resolved or its importance to the play (with no plot) explained. I also feel that the movement from sobriety to inebriation could have been done better. Sue was the only one who showed signs of intoxication. It is a play born in the 1970’s and out of actor improvisation. That was very clear (hence it never went anywhere). It could have had some impact in the seventies when most mainstream plays would have been of the Shakespeare or ‘ oh daaaaarling pass the butter’ type, tweed jackets, manor houses etc. At that time, being mundane in a seventies way could have been entertaining. In 2009 it is not. My main question is why this play was chosen in the first place? And once it had been chosen why was it not modified (give it a plot for God sake) and even localize it. The setting did not add anything so why not set it in 1970’s Muizenberg?
Came home with an empty cooler bag and a very delicious doggy bag!!!!!
My first play and restaurant review for my blog.
Hope you liked it.