It was my first time to go to General Santos City. I went there because I wanted to check out the workplace of my sister. It was just a one day visit and what better way to get to know a new place in one day than to check out the talked-about food places. So my sister and I tried this place. I'm not sure if there are other branches in the city, but the one we went to is at Robinson's Place GenSan. To me, trying and checking out a new food place is an experience. It will determine if I'll ever go back.
We came after lunch time, around 2:00 p.m. My sister told me the places really gets jam-packed at lunch. So to avoid the crowd, we went at a non-peak time. However, since this is after lunch time, the place was a little messy from the previous diners. The crew were all busy tending to dining guests and some tables were left with used dishes and utensils.
There was no receptionist who accommodated us. We had to call the attention of one of the crews to get us seated. The first table that was offered to us were still uncleaned. So we asked for another table. They gave us a table that was slightly cleaned-up. We asked for it to be cleaned thoroughly, which the crew obliged, of course. So what I'm pointing out is there was a long unnecessary wait time to be seated.
I suggest that they manage to clean-up the tables as soon as previous guests leave to accommodate new guests as soon as possible.
When we were finally seated, the waiter who attended to us saved the whole experience. He really let us browsed through their gigantic menu. We ordered Bird's Nest Qauil Egg Soup, Crab's General, and Grilled Tuna. Soup for starters, then of course, crabs, since it's the house specialty, and tuna, since GenSan is known for their tuna.
The waiter graciously described to us what's in the dishes, how will it be cooked, the cooking time, the pricing which is per gram, etc. He gave us a trivia that we can choose the gender of our crab. If we choose a female crab, we will get more meat from its body and the pincers are small. If we choose a male crab, the pincers are bigger and its body is smaller. Before confirming our order, he checked in the kitchen what are we going to get. He got us a male crab. He was so nice and accommodating and gracious. Too bad, we weren't able to get his name.
The dishes were at par with my expectations in food. Not at all bad for a first time. I also appreciate that they served the soup first followed by the main courses. Other restaurants serve everything you ordered all at once, which defeats the purpose of having appetizers and soup first. The crab's shell was already broken for us, which is good, ready for us to devour everything. The tuna was grilled tenderly just the way I like it. It was not too dark and not too salty.
I enjoy eating at sit-down restaurants even if they are sometimes pricey, as long as I like the food and service.
So I think, I'll eat here again when I'm in GenSan because I like the food. But I sure hope that next time, we don't have to wait long to be seated.
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