If you're staying next door at the Intercontinental Hotel, you could easily be lulled into a false belief that the Arizona restaurant, conveniently located just next door would be able to provide you with a tasty American style meal, but that would be a mistake. It will not.
I was staying at the Intercon, and wondered why I hadn't been to Arizona in years, and enthusiastically set out to get some takeaways. The whole experience was start to finish, a grave and expensive disappointment.
I ordered wings (which were very blah, and did not have any sauce -- I expected some ranch or blue cheese or something else American style?) a steak quesadilla -- the worst part was that the mushrooms in it were huge and relatively uncooked. It was tasteless and completely unsatisfying.
I'd also ordered a lamb salad, but frankly couldn't be bothered because what I managed to choke down of the first two items were so disappointing. I hasten to add that I paid about $50 for the experience.
The worst part was this: when they brought me my takeaways, they just plunked them on the bench. I said, may I please have a plastic carrying bag and some cutlery? They said No. They said, we don't have plastic bags and cutlery. I said, oh, but you do takeaways. They said, yes, but we don't really do plastic bags and cutlery. I said, I'm staying at the hotel next door, so I don't have anything to eat my food with. They said that they thought the hotel could probably give me a fork or something. I said that I thought that for $50 they could give me a fork themselves. They said that they don't really do takeaways.
So there you go. Just in case you yourself were thinking about going to Arizona, I'd just strongly encourage you to go to one of the many actual fine eateries in the neighbourhood instead. For example, the Crab Shack is on the waterfront, and it's yummy. Pravda on Willis St/Customhouse Quay? Also yummy. Just don't go to Arizona. Thanks.
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