[Update : Sorry I messed this post up earlier and half of it was missing. I've now added some of the missing elements back, though not all. I think it's the time difference in London combined with WordPress's autosave function - it seems to have gone back to an earlier version, thinking it was a later version]
We had our department Christmas party last Thursday in Shanghai and went to a Japanese all you can eat and drink restaurant. Anyone who lives in Shanghai will be familiar with this concept, but for those of you outside Shanghai, this is a common package where you pay around 150 RMB and then you can order as much food and drink as you like, including sashimi, grilled fish, tempura prawns etc and drinks include Sake, beer, soft drinks (although why you would order soft drinks when you can have hard drinks is beyond my comprehension).
WoAi has a drink with some of the staff.
Some locals call it Japanese buffet, but it’s not really a buffet – you don’t help yourself, you order from the menu and they bring it to your table. It’s a GREAT way to entertain a large group of people as you know exactly what the cost will be, regardless of how much you eat or drink.
In our company (and I suspect most Chinese companies) it’s traditional for the bosses to drink with each of his staff one by one. It means everyone just has one or two drinks but the boss has to have tens or even hundreds, depending on the size of the team. Basically it’s a good way for employees to make their bosses get wrecked and suffer, so it’s not really my most favourite idea in the world!
Waitress delivers ANOTHER batch of Sake bottles – we were drinking faster than she could bring them over!
You should have seen the expression on the waitress’ face when, after having consumed vast amounts of Sake, we asked for more. She asked how many more bottles we needed and someone replied “FORTY”. I’m not sure we’ll be welcomed back there again!
WoAi takes a moment to recover from drinking so much Sake while two colleagues look on with delight!
Is it me or do these two look a little too happy about seeing me in such a bad state?