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Ka Chi Korean Restaurant- Shocking, unbelievably rude service!

Honestly, no. My friend is not a "choice words" kind of person. The guy asked him why he didn't leave a tip, he said something like "we were hardly done eating" and then buddy hit the roof.
It probably wasn't the person you are thinking of. It was an older gentleman.
Anyway, It seems to me that if your restaurant is full, you should count your blessings rather than pushing people out the door. It's not like we were really taking our time. I don't recall there being a lot of people waiting.

ziggystardust - where do you go for Korean?

Dec 02, 2009
ApolloCVermouth in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ka Chi Korean Restaurant- Shocking, unbelievably rude service!

Let me preface story this with a few points:

1) I like the food at Ka Chi. I've eaten at many of the Korean eateries around Christie and I think that it stands up pretty well.

2) I don't particularly care about service. Growing up, when my family ate out, we ate mostly at the sort of reasonably priced Vietnamese and Chinese restaurants where the maxim “bad atmosphere, good food” often holds true. My mom grew up in Singapore raised us to enjoy tasty, unpretentious food.

3) I don't make a habit of complaining on the internet (and I don't post on these forums very often.) I find it heartbreaking when a restaurant gets an overly terrible review that lingers on the internet like slow poison. Take this post as a sign of how angry I am.

So, myself and a very good long-time friend were enjoying a meal at the Ka Chi. I don't think that we were eating particularly slowly but we were chatting and enjoying each other's company. I still had soup in my bowl, when one of the waiters came up to us and suggested we should leave because the restaurant was full and he wanted to seat new diners. We both found this incredibly rude but we cut short our conversation and started to leave.

My friend paid the bill but did not leave a tip. I don't recall ever not leaving a tip but I would have done the same in this case. The man running the place was so upset about this that, as we were leaving, he YELLED at us (somewhat redundantly) “Get out of here! Get out of here! Don't ever come back!”, and so forth until we were out the door.

Let me just me be clear that neither us was rude to anybody. The bill was paid and we had every right not to tip-- many people, I think, would have done the same. In other words, we did nothing that deserved being yelled at in front of a crowded restaurant as if we had done something illegal. It was the sort of experience that ruins an evening.

Anyway, the next time you go out for Korean food around Christie, you might consider patronizing one of the many other restaurants that aren't run by psychos.

Dec 02, 2009
ApolloCVermouth in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Grad student supper around U of T-- hypothetical question

OK, let's say that someone unexpectedly designated you to organize a relatively inexpensive supper for a bunch of humanities grad students somewhere within walking distance of the downtown U of T Campus. You'd have, say, twenty people and would want some place where everyone could discuss the coming year. You'd want some place cheap and unpretentious-- possibly where pitchers could be purchased-- though not overly ghetto. You'd probably want some kind of reasonable option for the vegetarians who seem to be overrepresented in graduate programs. Where might you go?

Thanks!

Aug 25, 2008
ApolloCVermouth in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

st. clair west

Thought I'd add one:
Hebesha-- an Ethopian/ Eritrean Restauraunt at 1028 St. Clair West (between Oakwood and Glenholm. It's definitely not much to look at but the food is really excellent- cheap and super tasty. We tried the vegetarian combo type dish on injera and I had a fried lamb stew. Definitely worth a try.

Jul 29, 2008
ApolloCVermouth in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Looking for "Coeur à la Crème" molds in Toronto

Jul 09, 2008
ApolloCVermouth in Ontario (inc. Toronto)