I went to one of my favourite places on Sunday morning for breakfast – Ricardo’s at Jamison. I haven’t been there for several months now so I was somewhat surprised when I turned up at 10am to find a lady out the front taking names. Apparently Ricardo’s now take bookings. The lady was very friendly, took my name, and told me it would be about 10 mins. It did take about 20 mins for a table, but I didn’t have an issue waiting.
It has always been very busy on a weekend, but I have never had much of an issue getting a table. One of the things Ricardo’s have done traditionally well, is fast service, and the ability to turn tables over very quickly.
I guess what surprised me were the number of tables that were sitting in the restaurant empty (well with a reserved sign) from the time we initially put our name down to the time we left after finishing our breakfast (this would have been about an hour). They could have served another 15-20 happy customers during this time, instead tables sat empty.
I have been coming to Ricardo’s for years. It has been great watching the business grow, and go from strength to strength. I’m not convinced why they have changed a winning formula. For the record, the breakfast my wife and myself had was great as usual. Mushroom bruschetta and a big breakfast!
What are fellow rioters views on restaurant/cafes accepting bookings or not?