Something And Nothing

I am still feeling very much of my Hakuna Matata mindset and am still at peace with myself but sometimes you just need to get a thing off of your chest.

Well here it goes.

Yesterday I went for lunch with some pals. We have a regular thing each quarter and head out to a restaurant for some fine dining etc. Unfortunately yesterday was not a particularly good example of this and apart from seeing my friends, the dining was going to be the main thing I had to look forward to as I was driving and therefore not drinking.

If it had not have been for my friends being such great company, I don’t think I would have enjoyed myself at all.

We went to a restaurant known as Gee’s in Oxford and I have to say, I have not been as disappointed in a meal for such a long time that I am wondering if my taste buds have gotten so used to my cooking being exactly to my palate’s requirements that I have ruined myself for other chefs 😉

No, thats just daft.

The restaurant experience I had yesterday was just crap, plain and simple. The service was shocking, the preparation was appalling and the food was so sub par only one diner from our group of nine guys actually had anything good to say about the it. But they still charged us handsomely for the privilege.
Suffice to say I shall never go back and am almost tempted to leave a poor review on the Trip Advisor site to ensure other people do not get caught out.

Myself, I had a Ribeye Steak and some Fries. To my knowledge I have never had soggier fries in my life and the “medium to well done” steak (I know, but it’s to my taste 🙂 ) was so underdone it was almost cold. I tried to complain but was brushed off in such a way I was almost made to feel like I was making a fuss that I wanted my food cooked how I wanted it.

Anyway, I ate a little, drank my water a chatted to my friends. Because of the poor experience, we did not stay to swell the coffers even further in the form of desserts, coffee’s or liquors because everyone to a man was disappointed and the bill of £580 was what can only be described as ridiculous.

So we left and went to a local pub and enjoyed ourselves so much more we began to question why we did not eat in this local pub as well. Still, everyone was happier and the beer was flowing for all but me but still I stayed with them and enjoyed the company, continuing with drinking soft drinks until finally it was time to leave when because I was driving, I was able to to take a couple of my friends who live locally with me to their next venue, the local pub here in Wantage. I was asked to join and although I had thoroughly enjoyed my day (food not included) I think there is a limit to how much water and ginger ale a man can drink…..

To that end, I dropped them off and made my farewells scuttling back off to my humble abode and in front of this screen.

Now I know this is a little break from the norm to be reviewing a restaurant and my sub par experience, but I feel so very disappointed I simply had to say something and this is where I get to speak my mind without interruption. This post has probably rambled on a bit but in fairness it was written when I finally got home at 9pm last night, feeling rather fried! Still I put that to one side and set to writing this little piece so apologies for the rant now we have come to the end.

Still, back to the day and suffice to say, it was my first venture out with the chaps since giving up the drinking three weeks ago and I will say it again, but I actually enjoyed myself very very much. I enjoyed being sober and watching my friends slowly break and crumble. Mostly though, I think I enjoyed the fact that I stayed so much later than I would, instead of doing my usual trick and slinking off early.

So, what does this mean in the grand scheme of things. Very little really. A non scale victory for sure but it also means that the title of todays post is really very apt because seeing my friends was really something but not drinking was so much of the nothing, I think I could probably do it again.

Anyway, thats me and my rant is over and even though I feel good and happy with myself for having achieved a pretty big milestone, I shall forgive you for hoping that hopefully my next tome might bring something a little more interesting than a moan…

‘Till tomorrow,

Stay out of the fridge.

14 thoughts on “Something And Nothing

  1. Osyth says:

    I’m really sad to read this … has Gees changed hands? Because I have eaten there often (most recently January 2014 with my mum and two of my daughters) and it has always been really good. I think you should write on Trip Advisor (I’m prolific on there and get great service from those I praise … those I don’t praise, I don’t want anything from because, like you I will NEVER return – once bitten and all that). Glad you are still feeling good and zen at least 🙂

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    • Worlds Biggest Fridge Magnet says:

      One of the guys said it had and that he had seen a Trip Advisor review of 3.5 out of 5 which he was surprised about. Honestly Fiona, I have eaten in places that cost less than half and been so much more impressed by the enthusiasm and food than I was yesterday. I shall still think about doing it but I am not a good complainer to be honest…!
      And yes, still Zen with a relaxation comparable to no other. x

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  2. Emma says:

    Morning Mr Meldrew,

    Just kidding it sounds like a justifiable rant especially if they were dismissive
    when you tried to complain and really you expect the fries to be ok ! won’t be going there.
    It does get easier the not drinking (over 8 years for me now) .
    Eventually you can set watch by people crumbling ! 🙂

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  3. AtomicMelanie says:

    Glad you had a good time, despite the food. And good on you for the victory! It’s interesting, as you say, to watch others change around you as you remain sober!

    Personally, I would have complained, and loudly… especially for that price. Here in the South, it’s what we call pitching a hissy fit! 🙂 Would have asked to speak to a manager. If it’s bad food, send it back to the kitchen. Bad service? There’s no excuse.

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  4. chattykerry says:

    That was a shocking price to be charged for a sub standard meal – you should put it on Tripadvisor. I suppose what makes it worse is that the experience would have been less bad if you had a few drinks but you are on the right track. I accidentally over-salted some food yesterday, had four drinks and you would think that I had been on a bender for days. My eyes are all puffy with the salt and the sodas. Back to water, salads and avocado today.

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  5. sleeveforme22 says:

    We eat so little that the bites we get are important. What a shame to be out, spending a small fortune, to end up disappointed! Proud of you for avoiding alcohol while still enjoying time out with friends.

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    • Worlds Biggest Fridge Magnet says:

      Thanks Janell, I have been metaphorically patting myself on the back. I was actually praised by all of my pals for not drinking and doing the driving for the ones who came from my town.
      I’m glad someone understands how crap it is when we get substandard food when food matters so much to us because we can only have such a small amount!

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