1. Maxim's Cafe
Prior to heading here for a family friend meet-up, I briefly skimmed over the reviews for this cafe/patisserie. The blurbs that had been posted were, unfortunately, largely negative. Many had complained of extremely poor service, but had enjoyed the cakes decently enough to order takeout and devour them elsewhere.
Considering that many Chinese-owned diners weren't renowned for having formidable customer service, I hadn't walked in expecting too much. But I suppose I had needed to lessen my standards even more.
There was also an extensive selection of cakes and pastries in display cases near the cashier. Truthfully, they were quite average in appearance, but the vast selection had made them seem extravagant compared to other cafes.
Despite it being a rather lazy Wednesday afternoon, the three waitresses showed absolutely no signs of efficiency. It almost felt as if the pace of business dictated their rate of processing orders. It took all of ten minutes to flag one of them down to order the items, and another ten to fifteen before any items were brought to our table. And as for those complimentary drinks? Well, you can bet it required the same amount of time.
While slow service is one thing, poor attitude is of a separate matter. Names of dishes were not announced when they were crudely set down, nor were smiles present on the waitress' face. I had also taken the liberty of asking for the Wi-Fi password at some point during our short-lived stay, and was less than pleased to have a reply harshly tossed in my general direction as the girl stomped away. The truth behind the many reviews I'd read was staring me in the face.