A series of anecdotes with or without any connection to the running of a restaurant.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Staff Night Out...

Last night was our Annual staff night out. We didn't go very far this time. Seventy five of us had a great time at our Japanese neighbour. Everyone said that it was the best one ever and I agree. The chefs were so funny! They challenged many of us to catch eggs in hats, with hilarious results.

The meal ended at around 11.30pm. The young ones headed for the clubs while us oldies went home. There was a time when I joined in!

I took these photos with my mobile and messed around with the bottom two.
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Blogger Wendy said...

Wow - the clubs are open on a sunday night? NOTHING is open in France on a sunday...nothing....it sucks. Although I wouldn't have gone clubbing either...those days are over!

13/2/06 11:59 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

Looks like a lot of fun! I've always wanted to go to a Japanese restaurant. The chefs amaze me.

13/2/06 2:36 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Looks like you do your employees proud, Cream!

13/2/06 7:18 PM  
Blogger wandering-woman said...

Sounds fun...you hiring? You sound like a great guy to work for...in a tough business, too.

13/2/06 8:11 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Yes, Wendy they are open on Sundays but only until 12am. New licencing laws.

Penny, they are worth their weight in gold. They can cook and they are so entertaining!

Caro, it's all part of the business of making sure that they're happy with their job.

I am hiring, W.M. The place is very popular! 155 customers on Saturday night!

13/2/06 9:19 PM  
Blogger DCveR said...

Japanese food.... yummy!!!
One of these days I must give it a try preparing some Japanese food, it's one of the cuisines I love best and one of the few I haven't yet dared to try and cook.

13/2/06 11:00 PM  
Blogger Brian the Mennonite said...

I agree with Caroline and wandering-woman...I think you'd be a hoot to work for and with.
I'm glad you kept with your plan to celebrate your employees, in light of Eric's passing. Celebrating life amidst the reality of death is fitting and proper.

13/2/06 11:06 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Thanks, Brian. The funeral is on Friday. I spoke to Eric's wife this morning and I can assure you it was hard! Life goes on! My son said something last night at the party about Eric and all the staff were touched.
I have to make my staff laugh so that they can make the customers happy.

DC, I keep telling people that it takes 30 minutes to make a good sushi because you have to UN-cook the food!)
I love all kinds of foods but Japanese is definitely my favourite at the moment.
And yet, I have never eaten it with someone who really knows about it! What I'd love is to go to Japan and taste the real thing there!

13/2/06 11:19 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

155 people!! Whoopeee!! How cool is that!! Well done Cream - so soon after opening.Are you advertising heavily or is it more a case of word of mouth?

13/2/06 11:54 PM  
Blogger euro-trac said...

Awww... I've just been catching up on your blog! I'm really sorry to hear about your friend Eric.

14/2/06 12:53 AM  
Blogger Viking054 said...

I love Japanese food! It's been so long since I've had any! I love what you did with those photos.

14/2/06 2:22 AM  
Blogger cream said...

Wendy, no a single line of paid advertising! A few A4 posters in our other restaurants and a few hints on the menus. But I believe word of mouth is the best kind of advertising! Adam had wanted to make a big splash. I warned him against. He now understands why.
What matters most is to ensure that the machine is well oiled first. If people return within the first two months, you've cracked it.
We've had people back 3-4 times within the first two weeks! Looks like a success! But I won't rest until everything works well without me!

Thanks, Trac! Eric was one of those rare good guys.

Viking, I have to confess that the Japanese restaurant's owners are Chinese! But I have tasted their sushi many times over and it's just as good as the genuine article! I used Picasa to alter the mobile/cellphone photos.

14/2/06 8:24 AM  
Blogger Viking054 said...

It doesn't matter so much who makes the food, right SeƱor? ;)

14/2/06 4:05 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Pardonnez mon italien is an earlier post we can refer to, Viking.
Muchas gracias! As long as the food tastes good, I don't care who cooks it!

14/2/06 4:25 PM  
Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

Nobody got egg in their face, right? You're Boss of the Year, Cream.

14/2/06 7:49 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Yes, one of our French chefs broke an egg all over his head! Others missed their hat on purpose!

The staff know who the boss is but I never wear a badge. I've never thought of myself as the Boss, honestly, Gigi.

14/2/06 11:13 PM  

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