As an intermittent regular at Pea Souk I was surprised to read on this website that Nicola seems to have fallen foul of a few disgruntled diners, which I guess is because she's not that interested in obsequiously toadying to people who make no attempt to connect with the Pea Souk way of doing things. Pea Souk is very much her domain where the hostess and staff take a personal interest in their customers; where the food is lovingly prepared from fresh ingredients, not locally sourced from supermarkets, or catering vans; where the conversation isn't limited to 'enjoy' and 'have a great day', but in which there is genuine concern and interest in her clientele. I don't think there are many restaurants that really prepare their own food from scratch the way Nicola does, and the taste of her dishes is testament to the care she puts into everything she does. It is, of course, a very small restaurant and therefore by necessity Nicola has to accommodate everyone as best she can, and trying to own your own space at the expense of fellow diners is not going to work here. Try thinking of Nicola as a benevolent headmistress and you'll love it as I do.