Normally I don’t like to hear of a restaurant shutting down, but in this case I’ll make an exception:
It’s not just financial reasons behind the latest Sydney restaurant closure, but “inconsiderate, greedy” diners, “intolerable” customers and “fast-food junkies”.
News that Surry Hills restaurant Wafu is soon closing its doors swept the city’s food scene yesterday, after chef Yukako Ichikawa gave a scathing review of some of Sydney’s wasteful diners.
Frankly, given her attitude, it’s a wonder Wafu had any customers at all.
Ichikawa’s restaurant has a notorious set of rules to cut food waste, with customers expected to eat everything on their plate and bring their own containers for leftovers and takeaway orders.
The Japanese eatery is often described as Sydney’s most exclusive restaurant because only members, which include those who attend an “orientation”, can make bookings.
An “orientation”? To get into a restaurant? This brings new meaning to the phrase, “door bitch”.
“First, many potential customers, and even some members, have entered Wafu without doggie containers,” she wrote on the Wafu website.
Word is she wouldn’t even make an exception for Barack Obama.
“Further, I found it distressing when, after eating, with obvious self-satisfaction, people said, ‘SO FULL!’.
This woman is in the wrong business. It’s called “hospitality” for a reason.
“Perhaps this was meant as a compliment, but to me it meant that the utterer had deliberately damaged their body by wasting food through over-eating.
“It meant also that the utterer did not understand Wafu’s ways, and had not bothered to make the effort or take time to find out what these are.
“Wafu is viable, as a business, if I continue to accept inconsiderate, greedy people.
“But I couldn’t do it. Wafu has always been, and will remain, more to me than simply just another business.”
To paraphrase Mark Twain, I did not attend the closing night, but I sent a nice note saying I approved of it.