Tuesday, June 23, 2009

A lesson well learnt

Learn from your mistakes my mum always told me. Take my decision to patronize a new sandwich shop - The Lunch Box - that has just opened in BBK1 on Street 282, just behind Wat Lanka. I read about it in yesterday's Phnom Penh Post and thought I'd compare it against my usual lunchtime venue, Cafe Fresco, which lies about 100 feet from my office. Remind me not to be so stupid next time. The 500 metre walk in the midday sun wasn't a good idea for starters and then the forty-five minute wait - yes, 45 minutes - for my takeaway sandwich to materialize was beyond a joke. I'd also ordered a takeaway fruit shake but they had no lid for my cup, so I drank it whilst I waited, and waited, and waited. I heard mutterings of no bread delivery today and more apologies than I could shake a stick at until finally my wait was over. Did I mention that their wall-fans were worse than useless and I was sweating like a navvy... the $1.5 reduction in my bill was small compensation. I walked back, right past the aircon haven of Fresco's to my office to open my plastic lunch box, only to be confronted with an inadequate excuse for a tuna sandwich and one which tasted even worse than it looked. They couldn't even redeem themselves with the quality of their food. Notes for my diary, never go to The Lunch Box again; Cafe Fresco has air-con; great sandwiches; very friendly staff like Smey, Dary, Sophoin and Kunthear; not to mention their gorgeous Snickers cheesecake. Thanks mum, a lesson well learnt.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Phnom Penh Post is the enemy...

June 23, 2009 at 3:56 PM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

Ah...I see. Well I had better stop writing for the PPP then hadn't I....do you see enemies everywhere by the way...if so, I recommend the services of a shrink old chap.

June 23, 2009 at 4:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stick with the air con andy,dont get out too much its bloody hot out here.

June 23, 2009 at 10:26 PM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

Actually Anon my doctor recommends that I get 15 minutes of sun on my skin, but walking around in my work clothes ain't such a good idea.

June 24, 2009 at 2:19 AM  
Blogger ano said...

Well that's too bad.
I have now been there three times, and have had the best sandwiches I have had in a long time.
The staff are great, and I couldn't think of a nicer place to sit and eat my lunch.
It's always great to see people trying new things, and I commend them on their original forsight!

July 3, 2009 at 5:02 PM  

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