This has not been my best dining month and, while ordinarily I would let it go, I thought that the readers of this column might feel my pain. So far this month, I’ve been served:
So Thursday, I’m going to say thanks for a hot, homemade meal. Hope your holiday is dandy, too.
Asma Ahmed: Cafe Caspian, 12126 Westheimer, 281-493-4000
“Unfortunately, I am writing to whine about one of my family’s favorite neighborhood restaurants. We have patronized (Cafe Caspian) many times, planned a very special dinner for friends in their party room and brought home food from there on numerous occasions.
However, last Friday, my husband and I went there with my elderly parents and were told that we would be seated shortly. After that, the hostess practically disappeared, basically to party with a group of her friends, where she busily participated in celebrations and much picture-taking.
In the meantime, a couple of tables had been cleared off, but no one was bothering to seat us. I walked over to a young man who seemed to be in charge and mentioned to him that my parents really needed to be seated and there seemed to be some open tables available. He said that the open tables were for five people and he could not seat a party of four at them so we would have to continue to wait.
Mind you, a party of three had just vacated one of those tables. He also said he had several reservations for that night, and in the past we have been told that they do not accept reservations. I felt as if our business was no longer welcome at Caspian, and so we left.
I guess the next time we have a craving for Persian food, we will be driving a little bit closer in to Hillcroft, where there is no shortage of decent Persian places.
On a happier note, we were so hungry by this point that we proceeded across the street to Pappadeaux, which was much busier. We were pleasantly greeted and assured that we would be seated within 10 minutes. Before 10 minutes were up, we had a table, and we had a delicious meal, as well as a very kind waitress and wonderful service. The manager stopped by a couple of times to ask how things were, and, all-in-all, the attention given us was more on the par of a friendly neighborhood joint than a place that is part of a large chain of restaurants.
Our only complaint was that it was very noisy, but that’s a small price to pay for being treated with courtesy and respect.”