I went in to Kin Lin's earlier today to have a quick lunch between my noon-1 and 2-3pm classes expecting delicious food and a comfortable restaurant atmosphere. Unfortunately, they could only partially stood up to my expectations.
I was seated fast enough by a Mexican host (not sure what a Mexican guy is doing hosting for a Chinese restaurant, but hey we all need work, so that's fine), but almost immediately after I was seated, he waited awkwardly at the side of my table and asked me what I wanted. I told him I needed more time to decide, so he quickly left, only to come back some 3 minutes later.
Right away I felt rushed, as if he wanted me to come in, eat, and then hurry and get the hell out of there. I picked the Cashew Chicken from the menu on recommendation from a friend. The food came quickly, which was good, and it tasted so-so. Not the best Chinese I've had. A little bland. Whatever, that's fine, at least it was cheap, fast, and lukewarm.
A problem I had was that when he brought the food, he also brought the check, which says to me that he wants me to leave quickly. It really puts a damper on the meal when you have to worry about your check even before you've started eating. But what bothered me most was that not once did the Mexican man ever come back and ask me how my food was, or if I needed anything. In fact, I ran out of water quickly, and needed a refill, but he was no where to be found, and there wasn't a soft drink fountain like in fast food joints. I ended up finishing quickly (probably to his liking), but not because the food was so good, but rather because between the bad service, mediocre food, and stale atmosphere, Kin Lin's was suddenly the last place I wanted to be. I tipped a single dollar, but that's really just a courtesy. If I had it my way, I would have demanded my money back. I don't think I'm going to go back until the service get's better.