Wednesday 15 August 2007

Ahmed's Wide Spaces Mask Small Toilet -- and Possible Political Contempt?

Ahmed Restaurant
11349 S Orange Blossom Tr
Orlando, FL USA

Where is it?

From the main entrance, traverse the length of the cooler counter (filled with frozen foods and other takeout goods) that runs along the right-hand wall until you hit the back wall. From there, look for a three-dimensional American flag with a bald eagle sticking out of it that's hanging above a closed door. Go through the door, which will bring you to a long, spacious, stretching hallway that extends all the way to the back of the restaurant and is filled with colorful large-canvas art.

Ironically enough, the doors to the bathroom are found immediately on the right after passing through the door, so there's no need to go down that hallway, even if you feel like you should.

What's it like?

The restaurant itself is spacious, modest, homey and relaxing, and the place serves some of the best Indian food and kabobs in town.

But the bathroom is a very small place indeed, with barely enough room to fit the toilet, sink and other accouterments -- let alone a person. It was clean, and certainly serviceable, but the smallness of the place was unexpected, especially considering the sense of spaciousness imparted by the hallway outside and the dining room.

As mentioned earlier, that hallways is long, stretching, colorful -- like a hallway one would find outside of a theater or art exhibit, the sort of hallway that invites you into something even greater. That's not the case here. It's small, tight-fitting and claustrophobic.

Another note: The 3D wall hanging of the American flag with the bald eagle provides an interesting conversation piece. Are the owners trying to suggest that if you go through the "American" door and down the "American" hallway, you'll just end up in the toilet? Quite possibly!

Furthermore: The hallway leading to the toilets is long and filled with distractions, yet the bathrooms are found at the head of the corridor and are easy to find. Does that mean that the owners wanted to make finding the toilets easy as an be for Americans, that Americans might not be able to find the toilets if they were, say, at the end of the hallway because of the many distractions found there? Quite possibly as well!

Marks out of 10:

7. Would be a 6, but the possible anti-American sentiments (whether true or not) generated some heated debate after my visit, which is something you don't expect from a toilet.

Comments to the Management:

While a little more space would be great, please continue with the implied political messages.

1 comment:

galit said...

I always thought it was a "kebab" rather than "kabob"? /perhaps UK vs US english?