Being “in the weeds” in restaurant slang (at least in the U.S.) means falling behind on orders, or kitchen pandemonium. I didn’t really feel the phrase until the last few weeks, when on several occasions, I witnessed it first hand. The adrenaline that kicks into high gear, the resulting burned body parts that can occur during crazed cooking, the longer-than-intended table service and the sheer panic required to “get out of the weeds” is a frightening, yet exhilarating experience. So for the folks who follow this blog and who have followed the whole Zubuchon restaurant set-up story, here is stuff to keep you amused or mortified. I have bussed tables, washed dishes, made shakes, handed out menus, explained our dishes, fielded and responded to some complaints mostly on service, received many compliments from customers, posed for photos with blog readers, turned away folks on evenings where we just simply couldn’t take any more diners… In the past week alone, we played host and interviewed with KC Montero (above, practically being molested by some of our young female crew members) which may air this Saturday on TV5… Mr. Montero tweeted about the lechon he was eating to his 160,000+ followers… egads, is that how it works these days?!?
…did another interview with folks from Cityscape a show on ANC, the channel owned by ABS-CBN and hosted by Lexie Schulze; turned down repeated offers for various “roles” on a well-known television cooking show (can’t go into details on this). Just before the ABS-CBN tour of the lechonan, we quickly cut some fresh lemongrass (tanglad) and stuck it in a glass vase, and filled a second vase with several bulbs of garlic as we had no flowers on hand…
Meanwhile, we have been cooking more lechons than we have ever cooked before and maintaining consistency and quality is always a challenge…
The Teen took some black and white photos one afternoon, and we picked five of the pictures to enlarge, frame and hang in one of the restaurants.
While we have been full during most meal times, there are periods of eery calm in-between.
On some evenings like last Sunday, a calm late afternoon was followed by a veritable storm of diners, including this table of 18 in the foreground of the picture above, which included an avid marketmanila.com reader who rarely comments, but who dragged family and friends to dine at the restaurant, and we had to seat them quite literally on part of the parking lot! :)
Many thanks to readers for trying out Zubuchon and for letting your friends know about it. We are truly grateful and overwhelmed by the response we have been getting over the past couple of weeks. The constant challenge will be to maintain consistency and keep service levels up. :)