by Steve Pallister (Muhammad Abbass)
(Perth, Australia) This was the single worst experience of my restaurant dining career. So many items on the menu have ham or bacon I wonder where the halal part comes into it. My wife’s order was reasonable, at least they didn’t include the ham and bacon on a club sandwich as I requested. However my order was turned into a nightmare.
Instead of lime juice I was served weak iced tea with a piece of lime on the side. OK I thought maybe just a language problem. Unfortunately not. The roast chicken breast with roast potato and butter vegetables arrived as cold roast chicken which had apparently been chopped up with a chainsaw. No mouthful was without numerous bone chips and various bits of chicken entrails hanging off it.
A plate of cold rice (where was rice even mentioned on the menu?) and cold raw vegetables. No roast potato in sight and there was a bowl of something which looked, smelled and tasted like vomit, it was also cold. On complaining, I was brought a plate of french fries to add to this disgusting mess. All this for the highest price I had yet paid for a meal in Cambodia in three months.
For the first time in my life I refused to eat what was brought to me, I complained and refused to pay for such an insult, indeed an assault on my palate. Two hours later I can still smell the bowl of cold vomit even though I have tried to wash the taste away with lime juice and coke back at our hotel. I am sorry to say this was atrocious and to call it halal borders on fraud.a>