The shelves of organic goodies may be gone, but the former Yogi Hub still brings in a mixed crowd of aunties, Buddhist nuns and the arty set – all smacking their collective lips at the eclectic vegetarian menu and organic fruit juices (try the red cabbage and grapes). The petai fried rice is an unexpectedly wonderful blend of bitter nuts, carrots, brown rice and sambal, while the tofu claypot – filled with gingko nuts, bamboo shoots and asparagus – is the best kind of comfort food. As is the walnut cheesecake.
I've recently become acquainted with my new neighbours dog which is an adorable poodle who is hyper-active but is extremely well behaved and can be very content just to be near human company. I would even go so far to say that he is better behaved than a lot of spoilt children that i have had the misfortune to be seated next to in restaurants & planes. Like children, animals in restaurants need to be well behaved and the onus lie with the parents & owners to ensure that their charges respect other diners rights to having their meal in an enjoyable environment. They shouldn't be offended if the restaurant asks them to rein in their children or animals if they are becoming a nuisance to other diners. If they can be civil about it and not be overly sensitive & easily offended, I don't see why we cannot accomodate having animals in restaurants. The problem arises only when parents & owners abdicate their responsibility & shrugg their shoulders to say that : he/she/it doesn't know better". Well I would say then you should! Let's have animals in restaurants. We allow badly behaved children so why not open the doors to a respectable, well- behaved sentient being?