Last week, on the day of all that rain, DH and I did the school run together and decided to get some breakfast before going home.
We splash through the rain and walk into one of my favourite places, which if I tell you has period-inspired, chintzy décor and looks like a dolls’ house (think pink), you’ll know where I mean if you live locally.
It’s raining hard and we run from the car park, so I don’t really look around until we’ve stepped over the cardboard mopping up the rainwater and entered via the back door.
It’s dark inside. Not pitch black, but gloomy enough that we know immediately we won’t be able to read the paper, or even see what we’re eating. There’s obviously some kind of power cut, and, apart from the wait staff, there isn’t a soul inside.
“Come in!” welcomes a waiter with a megawatt smile. “Wet isn’t it? Come, sit down.”
We’re not quite sure what to do. The waiter motions again towards a table and gestures for us to be seated.
“Are you open?” I enquire. “It’s dark!” I add, stating the obvious. My stomach lets out a low rumble of hunger.
“Yes, yes, we’re open. Just a small problem with the lights.”
I’m reminded of the equally optimistic taxi driver my visiting BF came across last week, who told her he knew where to drop her, but didn’t have a clue and needed help reading the signs (“Bad eyes,” he’d tutted.)
“But can you still cook?” I ask the waiter politely. I peer around the eerily quiet restaurant and spot four or five shadowy figures with tools in a corner, huddled around a circuit-breaker box. “Does the kitchen have power?”
“Ah,” our waiter replies, unsure. “Let me just check on that.”
DH and I stifle a laugh. Through the hatch, we can see the kitchen is also undergoing a black-out.
“We’ll come back later,” we tell him and bid him farewell. And I wonder: Do we look like the kind of couple whose idea of a decent meal out is hanging around like bats in the semi darkness with no food? 🙂 Or maybe the restaurant wasn’t trying to sell food, but instead offer a public service to wet expats who don’t own an umbrella.
Funny ole thing customer service in Dubai.