Who are the cast members to the play which was our dining experience and meal?
Cast (in no particular order):
A small dog
The hostess and her husband
2/3 waiters who could not speak English
An empty restaurant
2 hungry diners
It was 10.20pm and 2 hungry diners approached the restaurant hoping to sample the fine fare within. We were greeted by a waiter and when asked if they were still open, he looked at us blankly. We repeated our question 2 or 3 times, whilst each time advancing a little more into the restaurant. We concluded they were open by virtue of the fact that we were not turned away.
The restaurant was nicely laid out, a bit dark, and with a nice feel to it. We were seated by next to internal full length window which looked on a waterfall wall. All very nice so far. We were presented with the menu. We asked about drinks and the (same) waiter looked at us blankly. He was joined by a colleague whose English was not much better. After some gesturing and pointing, drinks were ordered. Shortly afterwards, I felt something brush by my leg and startled, I looked under the table, to find a chihuahua. Whilst we were examining the menu (which was in English and Thai) the waiters stood at the bar and they all stared directly at us. They were no more than say 10 feet away. It felt quite uncomfortable just being stared at. When ordering our meal I asked whether a particular dish came with rice and again (I should have guessed really) was regarded with a blank look. If you are going to have waiters, having one which speaks some English would be a good idea. The lady behind the bar, which it seemed owned the dog (when I was startled she came out to chastise it and take it behind the bar), came out and we resolved the rice issue. All during the meal the waiters continued to stand at the bar and stare at us. The food arrived promptly, were good portions, hot and quite tasty and were not too expensive.
The reason for the level of detail above was to give a full sense of our experience. If you are looking for good value, well proportioned and tasty food then you can't go to far wrong with Thang Long.
You need however to be able to deal with not being able to communicate with the waiters (if you only speak English), not mind being stared at all during your meal and have no objection to a small dog running around the restaurant.
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