Shitamachi – honest staff and good food

admin, February 11, 2014

We see a lot of stories in the news about honest taxi drivers returning money that was left behind.  In this case, it’s a tale of honest staff at a restaurant.  I was having a late lunch at Shitamachi today (around 2pm Feb 11, 2014).  It’s a japanese chashu restaurant at the 5th floor of the Podium in Ortigas Center, Pasig City.  Chashu is marinated braised pork belly, which is usually used as toppings for ramen.

For the past several days I have been thinking about the things we’ll be covering next here in Pinoycookery so I was a bit distracted.  I had a problem.  I have always ordered the Spicy Chashu Don (a rice bowl topped with the chashu pork and spicy vegetables) whenever I had lunch there.  It’s a favorite of mine and I can eat it all day long!  However, I also wanted to try something new because I wanted to make a new post for this blog.  Since I couldn’t make up my mind, I decided to order two dishes – the spicy chashu don which I would eat there and a chashu salad to take home and have for dinner later.

So I did the usual picture taking of the dishes, then having the spicy chashu don for my lunch.  Afterwards, I asked for the bill, all the while still thinking of what to write in this blog.  The bill was P 467++ and I paid with a P 1000 bill.  I was so distracted that when they brought back the change, I just picked up a few of the top coins and left the rest.  I thought the 2 remaining bills were just P20 each!  Then I got my salad take out package and left.  I was already 2 floors down when someone told me that some people were shouting at me from the 5th floor railing.  It was the restaurant staff muttering something.  So I proceeded to ride the escalator back up where I was met by one of the waitresses who showed me the change tray.  Holy crap!  It was then I realized the bill under the 20 was P500.  I thanked her, got the P500 bill and went on my way.

I then realized a few things:

First – I was an idiot and it was totally my fault for being so lost in thought that I left that money.

Second – It was great that they were honest with it.  After all,  they technically didn’t have to chase after me to return it.  They could’ve just kept it there and waited till I claimed it (if I even remembered it) or just kept it as a big tip.

Third – I really didn’t thank them enough there and then (but I think this post will hopefully make up for that)

So to the staff who were there, I thank you for your honesty.  Keep up the good work.  And to the management and owners of Shitamachi – better take care of your employees well.  They’re doing a good job.  Maybe give them a raise or a bonus. :-)   I shall keep going there and keep recommending the place to others as well.

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