Saturday, 27 September 2008

Mouldy Chopsticks at Beach Blanket Babylon

Beach Blanket Babylon is one of London's trendiest bars and has a buzzing restaurant. It is beloved by the Notting Hill set and typifices the idea of style over substance. Which is why we went there in the first place!

Your senses are blown away by the over the top decorations - it couldn't be more rococo if it tried.

No matter how trendy or posh you think your restaurant is... there are some basic catering rules that you can't break. Such as don't swear at the customers. Don't serve unhygenic food. Make sure there aren't any mouse-traps on show... etc. Common sense basically.

3 plates of perfectly good sushi arrived at our table along with some sets of chopsticks. The light wasn't great... but it was bright enough to detect a luminous green glow. On closer inspection we realised that the chopsticks were covered in a furry green mould. Gross! The elegant waitress simply took them back and didn't even consider apologising for it!

Our next course was very tasty... but sadly undermined by such a major lapse.

7 comments:

Jeanne said...

I've been to BBB once and was blown away by the OTT decor. The food, though, was overpriced and forgettable, and I rememebr the service being surly. Clearly I didn't rush back!! LOL at the furry chopsticks - that takes the cake!

Browners said...

Jeanne... that was the quickest comment I have ever seen!!!

Loving your elderberry and nectarine crisp... sounds and looks delicious!

BBB is a ridiculous place. Excess at its most excessive. But completely at the expense of serving good food...

Willym said...

And green mould would grow on chopsticks because......

Sounds like BBB is due for a visit by the old Health Inspector.

Lizzie said...

Eurgh! How horrible. Lucky you noticed it in time...

I've heard the cocktails are good, but it's not worth going for anything else. You've confirmed this...!

Helen said...

Green mould on the chopsticks! That is absolutely vile... I can't believe the waitress didn't apologise - I wonder what it would actually take to get an apology? Mouldy food?!

Krista said...

uggh. that's all i have to say. did you try to get a discount?

Browners said...

Their cocktails are phenomenal. Their food service is dicey at best. And their food safety levels are at best questionable and at worst criminal!

Don't go here for food... even though it all tasted good it's not worth the health risk!

Not sure what you'd had to endure to get an apology.. maybe a little dollop of poo on the plate...

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