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Why does Jitlada always forget my rice?

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  • Clyde May 24, 2011 02:22 PM
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I'm annoyed because today it was a take out order and someone went and picked up our food. Almost every time I eat at Jitlada my rice order is sadly forgotten. I always have to remind them to bring me rice and by the time I receive it I'm halfway done eating. Well, today I was stuck eating my curry without any rice whatsoever... and I ordered brown rice which is a few bucks extra. And since it was to go, and I was very far away by the time I got my food there was no way to redeem this. Plus, I paid for something I didn't get.
I am just so tired of them forgetting my rice, all the time! Does this happen to anyone else?

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Jitlada
5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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  1. Not rice, necessarily, but I have come to expect 20+ minutes between being seated and being waited on, 45+ minutes between being waited on and being served, 20+ minutes of burning curry mouth between asking for a drink refill and receiving said refill...Ooh, and they did forget an entire dish once.

    It's the reason I've only been to Jitlada a few times despite absolutely loving the food. And I *know* some of yall are gonna be all like "well every time I go Jazz waits on me personally blah blah off menu items blah blah"...doesn't matter. They could show a little more respect for us little people.

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    Jitlada
    5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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    1. re: thestratbrat

      I bus my own drinks, empty plates, take-out boxes, check, etc., when I'm there; lovely Jazz hugs do not translate to getting sticky rice with your tea leaf fried shrimp.

      1. re: thestratbrat

        have come to expect 20+ minutes between being seated and being waited on, 45+ minutes between being waited on and being served, 20+ minutes of burning curry mouth between asking for a drink refill and receiving said refill.
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        I can't think of another restaurant in LA be it Providence, Pizzeria Mozza, Pho 79, or taco truck that can get away with that except Jitlada...and yet it STILL manages to maintain its darling status. I'm with you. Food is great. Service, parking, etc, makes it prohibitive for me.

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        Pizzeria Mozza
        641 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

        1. re: Porthos

          Have never had an experience like this at Providence or Pizzeria Mozza. Getting a reservation is a bit of a PIA, but service has always been fine or better once in the door.

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          Pizzeria Mozza
          641 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

          1. re: PommeDeGuerre

            "Apple of War?" ;>D

        2. re: thestratbrat

          ha, that was funny. i couldn't even tell you what jazz looks like and i've been there a bunch over the past few years.

        3. Just think how hard it would be to get a table if their service was as good as their food.

          1. I'm wondering if the service problem at Jitlada will eventually counteract the positives of their menu. Usually this kind of thing can be overlooked but it's becoming an increasingly unpleasant issue. Don't suppose anyone there cares just yet. Maybe if business starts to drop off? Personally, I'll eat elsewhere unless I have time to burn.

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            Jitlada
            5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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            1. re: Steve2 in LA

              I can't go to a place like this because I can't take friends to a place like this and put my name on it.

              1. re: ns1

                Agree. My coworkers are much more serious about working than I am, so I am reluctant to take them to Jitlada for lunch. And to speak a rarely spoken truth--the menu, even limited to the Southern Thai menu, is very inconsistent. There are many great items (e.g., tea leaf curry) but quite a few duds as well (e.g., eel rolls).

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                Jitlada
                5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

            2. i finally had a chance to go back to jitlada and claim my brown rice. it was not an issue whatsoever. i mentioned it over the phone and i was not charged for it on my bill. i bet this happens often.

              1. gosh, every time i go to jitlada, something weird happens. we sit down, someone comes over within a perfectly reasonable amount of time and takes our order. bizarrely, a perfectly reasonable amount of time later, our food comes out.
                even stranger, while we're eating, and our water glasses or beers get empty, someone comes over and refills it or asks if we want another beer. and then they bring another beer.
                when i'm done, we ask for a bill, and in a perfectly reasonable amount of time, someone brings it.

                i wonder what we're doing wrong.

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                1. re: linus

                  i don't know, but it must be something different than the rest of us are doing, b/c i normally get great service but have the same drink refill problems and slow, SLOW service that were listed above. don't get me wrong, i think it's worth putting up w/ these issues for the amazing food (i had a fish dish w/ fried basil leaves which was STUNNING the last time i went there), but service issues really can be annoying.

                  1. re: ilysla

                    i may have had that same dish with the fried basil- it was amazing! but it sucks eating curry without rice, which has happened many times either by how long the rice takes to come to my table because they forgot; or the worst of it- my original post. a to-go order. when i'm eating there i'm fine with their forgetfulness; i rarely get annoyed b/c i know they'll fix the missing items. i've seen tables next to me get super pissed off about something or other many times. for me, the food is worth it, but i have no doubt that someone who has had really great luck with good service will one day experience what we're all complaining about.

                  2. re: linus

                    Every time I've been to Jitlada, the service has been ok. not amazing, but not at all poor. Always friendly and always compliment that I like the heat.

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                    Jitlada
                    5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                  3. That is such a coincidence. Every time you eat there, I seem to get an extra order of rice. :)

                    1. "I am just so tired of them forgetting my rice, all the time! Does this happen to anyone else?"

                      Yes, but more often they've forgotten about me. Nonetheless, I agree with others that many dishes are amazing.

                      1. The question that begs asking is why you keep giving them business. I went there twice. The first time, the service was really slow, the waiter quite rude and non-attentive. My girlfriend's entree was cold. Mine was delicious thought. It took 10 minutes to get our check with me finally walking up to the credit card machine and demanding our check. We reluctantly decided to go back again, and ended up with me sending the entree back for being overcooked. We work hard for our money and expect to be treated at least with respect when spending our hard-earned money. There are thousands of restaurants in LA where we can spend our money. Why do you put up with this crud from them?

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                        1. re: granadafan

                          Because I've eaten at hundreds of Thai restaurants and am bored by chicken satay, tom yum soup, pad thai, green curry, and mango with sticky rice--no matter how well they are prepared.

                          1. re: sushigirlie

                            Pailin / Krua Siri / Crispy Pork Gang / Ganda all serve rather deep menus, with nary a dud.

                            Issan cuisine is what the Bangkoker's (and most of Thailand population these day, or so I hear) main diet consists of, not kaeng tai plaa.

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                            Krua Siri
                            5103 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027