Tuesday 13 February 2007

Some soulful toilets

Mama Nems'
805 S. Kirkman Rd. #106
Orlando, FL USA 32811

Where is it?

To the right of the cashier.

What's it like?

This is a homey yet subtly chic soulfood restaurant on the west end of Orlando. What does that mean? Well, the emphasis is on comfort food and Southern tradition, and the food is reasonably priced, delicious and plentifully portioned, yet the dining room is overtly sparse (about 15 tables inhabit in the whole place, whereas the space could easily accomodate more) and the walls are dotted with modern and folk art paintings, which gives the impression a feng shui artist played a part in the interior design. The restaurant's pseudo-Asian-looking logo, which covers the back wall of the place, makes you feel like it's a place ripe for franchising -- even if te waitstaff talks endlessly about its formadible ties to the church down the street.

Having said that, the bathrooms are pretty straight and narrow. New as can be and clean as a whistle, but also lacking that bit of inspiration to take it over the top. White tile. Black dividers separating the urinal and sink. Sparkling white porcelain. For a strip mall eatery, you can't ask for a better bathroom. And the lemony hand soap foam is simply divine. But you get the impression more could have been done.

Marks out of 10:

8. Would have been a perfect 10 if it'd shown a little more creativity.

Comments to the Management:

Almost there. Just bring a little more of the dining room decor into the mix and you'll be near perfection.

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