my friend and i meet up once a year and we like to have something to eat and relax with a drink and chat after it. we chose the cafe noor as we knew the food in there was good. we arrived after the lunchtime rush around 2.30pm. we were taken taken to the furthest away table at the very back of the room. we were asked if we minded that an electrician was coming and we said we wouldn't mind the noise. we sat down and ordered a three course meal. starter for me was a prawn cocktail. it was disappointing as the lettuce had just been washed but lots of the water it had been rinsed in was in the plate. it watered down the prawn cocktail sauce which was fairly bland to start with and made the dish tasteless. was very disappointed as i had been looking forward to a good prawn cocktail. i then had the chicken tikka pasanda with boiled rice and ordered a nan bread. we saw the electrician come in and start to work on something at the front window of the restaurant. the dish was very tasty and quite sweet. the nan bread was huge. i think they'd made it for two instead of one which we were just going to share. we were in the middle of conversation when the man, he could have been the owner, came to our table and asked if we could eat faster. i couldn't believe my ears! then he said he could put our lunch in a carry out dish and give it away with us. i found my mouth wasn't working... could this man be any ruder?? my friend asked him do you want us to leave here? he said the electrician had arrived and he needed us out the restaurant as it was going to be in darkness! i was upset as we had a choice of restaurants to go to if we were only going to get half an hour to sit down and eat a lunch. and he should have made himself clear that the electrician was coming and we would have to leave the restaurant when he arrived. we had thought he meant do you mind him working while you eat. infact, he hadn't corrected us when we said that when we had first arrived. i tried to eat faster but found it difficult as i had the start of yet another cold and my throat was sore, hence having a mild dish. the convesation of course dried up between me and my friend as we tried to leave as fast as we could. it put a real downer on the day. i rarely see this friend and had been looking forward to seeing her, particularly as i'd had to cancel a xmas meet up with her due to flu. as we left the man said to us you will get time to eat the next time. i thought, you think we're coming back here mate not on your nelly! so just make sure you're not having a special occassion when you visit here because they could be having more work done while they serve lunch or dinner to customers. when i said he should have told us we had to leave rather than eat while the electrician worked, the man said he had told us that the electrician was coming and that was all he needed to say. in his mind he had told us to leave early. cultural differnces? language barrier? or just bad manners? you choose.
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