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A friend of mine suggested we meet for lunch at the Paddy Field a few days ago. Apparently, this is one of his favorite spots and he couldn't recommend it highly enough.
I decided to check out their online menu and was excited over the prospect of having a real pastrami sandwich again. This proved to be a temporary lapse in judgment as I've been in China long enough to have known better.
I didn't eat breakfast that morning and was hungry. I ordered the Lamb Chops with Rosemary and Red Wine Sauce, thinking that I might try the Rachel sandwich later if I was still hungry.
The lamb chops were very unsatisfying. They were virtually tasteless and a little tough, and, at 100 yuan, certainly overpriced.
Still hungry and most definitely unsatisfied, I ordered the Rachel sandwich. In its authentic form, the Rachel--sister of her famous brother, the Reuben--is a delectable concoction consisting of piles of pastrami, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and Thousand Island Dressing. What the Paddy Field loosely calls a Rachel is two thin, dried-out slices of domestic pastrami (meaning far too lean and tasteless to really be called "pastrami") with a hint of melted Emmenthal cheese smothered in piles of cole slaw (not sauerkraut). It's basically a close slaw sandwich on Rye bread and, at 50 yuan, constitutes petty theft.
I found the chairs we sat in for several hours to be uncomfortable: inexpensive wooden chairs with a thin seat cushion that had seen better days.
Although we were the first ones to arrive and were more or less alone for the initial 30 minutes or so, we needed to leave our table and track down one of the three or four waitresses on duty that day whenever we needed anything.
Despite my considerable dissatisfaction with just about everything, my friend couldn't stop raving about the place, emphasizing how both he and his wife felt the Christmas dinner they had recently eaten there was the best of their lives.
I guess the trick to appreciating the Paddy Field is to load up on a few mugs of beer before ordering any food and to keep drinking, heavily, until you leave. This is a place to consider when you want to hang out with friends and drink, not eat.
Wide selection of imported beers.
Uncomfortable seating, mediocre, overpriced food, and unavailable wait staff.