Yesterday evening, my wife, daughter and I went
for a relaxing bite at the Coliseum Pool and Grill at the Pelican Hill
Resort. It's an amazing place to enjoy delicious food and watch the
beautiful sunset views overlooking the gorgeous pool, golf course and
Pacific Ocean. My wife and I have been there before; for my daughter,
this was the first time!
What was interesting about yesterday
was that my wife ordered the Thai Pasta with mushroom without meat. I
ordered Veggie Burger, and my daughter asked for Cheese Pizza. And the
server made the appropriate notes, and took the proper order. However,
since their computer systems were down (we found this out later), the
order was not communicated correctly. What she got instead was the
regular Thai Pasta with mushroom and beef.
We are Hindus! My
wife is 100% vegetarian, and has never had any meat all her life. For us
Hindus, cows are sacred and we can never, ever think of eating cow meat
or beef. Unfortunately, this is what happened. My wife inadvertently
ended up eating beef. She asked me a couple of times to check her
food... but I couldn't imagine, in my wildest dream, that her order can
get messed up. I am glad I did check, and realized that her food indeed
had lots of beef. You can see the look on her face. She was both
disgusted and shocked, surprised and lost. Her initial reaction was that
we will never visit this place again.
mistakes. In this case, the mistake was that their computer systems were
down, and the order was not communicated correctly from the server to
the chef (he wrote it down on paper!). We told the server what happened,
and shared our displeasure and disappointment. I told him that we are
Hindus and having beef in our food goes against our religion. The server
apologized and said he is going to check what happened. We asked him
that we would like to talk to both the chef and the manager. The manager
promptly came, and apologized multiple times. Even he was surprised
about this. He shared with us what really happened. He offered to
provide my wife a new Thai Pasta completely made from scratch and
assured her that he and the chef will personally make sure that there is
no meat. Which they did. My wife slightly enjoyed the new pasta (since
she had lost her appetite by then).
What makes a good
restaurant great? Well, the manager came back and offered us an entire
dessert tray at no cost, compliments of the house. Also, since he wanted
to please my wife profusely, he offered her anything to drink along
with the dessert. She went for coffee. The assortment of desserts and
coffee were incredible. Finally, the manager told us that we would not
be billed for the Thai Pasta (which we declined, since we indeed got the
pasta, and wanted to pay). All in all, the customer service after this
unfortunate incident was over the top!
As we were paying the
bill, the manager came back again, and gave his business card and told
my wife and daughter to come back any time for a day trip at the
award-winning cabana and pool. My daughter was so excited by the pool
and the water, that she was wishing all along that she should have
brought her swim suit and would have loved to take a splash. Well, now
the manager made her day!
We stayed a bit longer after the dinner and enjoyed the cool breeze that had just begun.
Life is indeed made of memorable experiences, and yesterday's was nothing short of it!