not royal and not a palace

every friday night we try to eat together as a family. a great tradition, especially if we can keep it up. Yuval has been the spirit behind this initiative.

Royal palace was highly recommended by several locals and is zagat rated, so it was time to find out why.

overall food was ok at best, but the dishes were better the more authentic the choice.

as some reviews suggest, this place is past its peak. it is not royal and not a palace

the service was, let’s call it, complicated. the waiters are Chinese and do not know English.  when you order they try to repeat what you say. after 2 tries you know that will not work. in the mean time, they try to pick a look at the menu hoping that you have your finger on the number of the item on the menu. that is a good start. you know the place is authentic.

while we were waiting, which ended up being a long time, (an achievement as restaurant was empty when we went in but almost full when we went out) we came up with an observation and an experience that are worth sharing

    • 10 minutes into our long wait, we hear a scream. the restaurant owner was showing a giant shrimp (8inch, 20 cm) still alive to a guest before cooking it. i took tal to see the marvel. she was not willing to touch it. for the next 3 hours and well into Saturday morning the entire family was confronted with a single repeated question by tal: ‘ what did he bring to the table?’. the diversity of our answers included ‘ a friend of sebastian, from the  little mermaid‘, to ‘fruit of the sea, that is delicious’, to ‘cock roach that lives under water’. it is as if we saw her neurons and axons forming a mesh in her brain. until she was fully satisfied that she indeed consumed the most of this experience, she continued her relentless pursuit of knowledge, asking the question dozens of times, even if the answer was complete and repetitive.  a young mind is so precious.
    • yuval remarked that this is not the first time she gets a feeling the Chinese restaurants outside of China are actually a reality show/candid camera for Chinese TV. think about it, the audience back in China must die laughing at how we try to pronounce then names of dishes. The waiters (contestants in the show) are measured by how funny was the interaction with the foreigners was and how they were able to manage these incomprehensible requests. back home, they get to see what foreigners of many nations look like and listen-in to our conversations. this promotes world understanding and bridges cultural gaps as China opens itself up to the world

    smart kids!

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