Dinner Horde – Waiting for the restaurant to open its doors . . ., originally uploaded by Serenity in China.
A few days ago Julianne and I were taken out by a Chinese couple who we really like and enjoy spending time with.
When we arrived at the German-Chinese fusion food buffet restaurant there were about 75 or so people already waiting. I used the word ‘horde’ in the title but I don’t mean that they were uncivilized or acting poorly. It’s just that the 75 grew to be what I would guess around 200+ people all waiting outside the restaurant to go inside . . .
I asked our friends how big the restaurant was and was told ‘about the size of a football field’ and I think that is probably accurate.
A few minutes after 5pm (no one was allowed to enter before hand), the doors opened and at this point I think the word ‘horde’ again became appropriate as EVERYONE tried to go through the entrance at the same time. Our friends apologized for the behavior but I told them not to worry about it because we’d already experienced door cramming culture in China while getting on and off of buses, lol.
In my entire life I have never seen a restaurant go from completely empty to completely full and buzzing with sound and action in less than 60 seconds–it was astounding to see!
I’ll write more about the buffet experience in my next post.