Cafe Ciao

So I’m at Ciao, the newest cafe on Zamzama, around midnight last night and the place is packed. My friend and I are told to wait for a few minutes; in the meantime, some more people walk in and wait to be seated, including a couple. Expecting there to be some decent service at an upscale cafe, my friend and I started chatting and weren’t aggressively monitoring the flow of customers until I noticed the maitre d’ leading the couple who arrived after us being led upstairs. Irritated, I asked him what the hell he thought he was doing and he tells me that it looked bad to have a lady stand and wait.

He tells me this as not two feet away the owner’s wife and, I guess, daughter were busily working behind the counter preparing food and drink. I guess he wasn’t able to tell his boss to keep his women at home. I prefer the first-come-first-serve democratic way of handling a queue at a restaurant and would have gotten in a row with the management had they not quickly found a table for us.

About the cafe: overpriced, average food, low on variety, but a relaxed, comfortable place to spend an evening, especially on the couches upstairs.

12 Comments so far

  1. KhiTorPit (unregistered) on September 30th, 2006 @ 7:31 pm

    What if you are standing with your sister or wife in the queue ? you would not prefered to be welcome in the cafe rather then standing in the queue where ppl staring you guys?
    First-come-first-serve is good way but not in a society like ours where ppl normally dont give respect to women.

  2. faisal (unregistered) on September 30th, 2006 @ 7:53 pm

    I’m definitely, without question with Cy on this one. Especially in an upscale place where i’m about to fork over my hard earned (read hard inherited) money.

    If the couple were so concerned about being stared at, what were they doing out at midnight.
    It’s funny how this excuse of being a woman is conveniently used whenever it suits someone. At the risk of being told that i’m generalizing, many women in Pakistan use this to cut the queue almost everywhere. Well, if you want equality, get back to the end of the line.

  3. anon_again (unregistered) on September 30th, 2006 @ 8:13 pm

    what a corny name…’cafe ciao’!!!

  4. IllusionFS (unregistered) on September 30th, 2006 @ 8:42 pm

    Khitorpit: what?? we dont give respect to women? the men *atleast karachiite* are horny, accept that, they letch.. they really do. but women get a lot of respect in our society. almost to the point of annoyance. first they claim equal rights.. and then they want exceptions when it comes to standing in line, they want a seperate line. kher bhai.. if somebody *a group with ladies* dont like to stand in queues than better goto a place where there are no queues.. if someone in front of the row voluntarily, lets them go, then its okay. but I dont think they should be expecting to go before everyone..

  5. Darthvader (unregistered) on September 30th, 2006 @ 9:30 pm

    do they serve Linguine ?

  6. Jahanzeb (unregistered) on September 30th, 2006 @ 9:32 pm

    another case of narrow mindedness….

    I agree with Cy.


  7. yo yo (unregistered) on September 30th, 2006 @ 10:17 pm

    Every culture is different…World will be a boring place if everyone started acting alike.

  8. Cy (unregistered) on September 30th, 2006 @ 10:21 pm

    DV: No linguine on offer – it’s a sandwich/wrap/coffee type of place.

  9. mansoor (unregistered) on October 1st, 2006 @ 1:52 am

    well put yo yo! totally agree!

  10. karachi4eva (unregistered) on October 1st, 2006 @ 7:55 am

    …and another post by “Cy” bout fooddd….

  11. jinx (unregistered) on October 3rd, 2006 @ 1:23 pm

    “I guess he wasn’t able to tell his boss to keep his women at home.”

    I’m sorry Cy but I thought Pakistan had grown out of the Stone Age. Keep his women at home? Why the hell don’t you stay home and get some homemade from your mom?

  12. Ali Khan (unregistered) on October 18th, 2006 @ 4:18 pm

    anyone have the phone number of Ciao?

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