I am proud to be Japanese. I refuse to lower my standards and that is part of the Japanese blood that runs through my veins.
As you know, I got a job at a ‘Japanese’ restaurant. One of my interview questions was…”Do you speak Chinese?”….I said no…I speak Japanese. Then she said…”Oh, well only one person speaks Japanese here.”
This resturant is not run by Japanese people, which is fine. I get it. There was one Japanese person other than me and that was the sushi chef.
These people worked me hard which is fine, I am used to working hard. But the pay was 1/3 LOWER than the minmum wage in Australia. Knowing I don’t get paid well for all of my hard work really irritated me.
On top of that, the food was crap. I have pretty high standards when it comes to food in general but for Japanese food, it is on a different level. When you have great ratings on Urbanspoon and other restaurant reviews your food should hold up to my standard. Wrong.
Their okonomiyaki was rubber.
Takoyaki like doughnuts.
Miso soup with mushrooms?
Yakisoba that looks like mush.
Tempura that was pre-fried?
I honestly couldn’t stand working there. So I quit the next day.
THIS IS WHAT GOOD JAPANESE CUISINE LOOKS LIKE:
cheers and happy traveling.