Saturday, January 29, 2011

Windex at Elda's

Dear Restaurant owners everywhere:
I would like to recommend that you fire any employee who carries a bottle of Windex (or other ammonia-based cleaning fluid) into the dining room while the restaurant is open.  It's really mean to spray your customers with Windex. It tastes bad.  It's a bad appetizer.

 I'm sort of accustomed to being invisible, but tonight at Elda's on Lark Street, just after I was seated in the empty dining room, a waitress came into the room with a bottle of Windex and paper towels and proceeded to clean all the windows - all seven of the huge windows overlooking the street. I managed to get seated in the other dining room after the third window, but by that time my nose throat and mouth were full of Windex.

The meal was ultimately good - I had the veal Franchese and it was very well executed.  But what I remember most is being covered in Windex for starters. 

1 comment:

Gansevoort said...

You go. It's all about the olfactory -- something to which chefs should be sensitive. I can't count the number of eateries I've entered only to be overwhelmed by the stench of "mop water." (Worse than Windex.)