Our brothers and sisters over at Samizdata got hold of this place;
Cafe Mao …… Asian. 2-3 Chatham Row Dublin 2. Phone (01) 670 4899. Fax (01) 670 4999
Their very fair comment, I think, was along the lines of there NOT being any places called “cafe Hitler”, and that these would probably go bust in about three and a quarter minutes, if not previously closed down forcibly while in the process of shop-fitting, by the British Tabloid Press. This press-body screams blue murder when silly young Prince Harry wearas a Brownshirt uniform to go to a student party, but is silent about Stalin, Mao, Darfur, the Copts, Cuba, North Korea, East Timor, the Sendero Luminoso, Russia, Southern Rhodesia, and so many many other places on which it has had decades to do research.
The joke is, moreover, that the place seems to be not very good! Here’s one review…..
Advantages: none really
Disadvantages: food, staff, name
I been here a few times (more accurately dragged by a friend who appreciates the large smoking section).
The food is adequate but no more than that and tends to be rather oily. Fishcakes are fried spongey balls of homogenised material (unidentifiable).
The staff are of the aspiring actor variety but are unfortunately not able to act the part of waiters very convincingly.
The floor manager I have encountered is an officious busybody who I saw sending a waiter upstairs after somebody she thought might be going to the bathroom – ” he didn’t eat here! Stop him!”. She will make you wait 15 minutes for a table on principle because,you know, Mao is a happening place and you can’t expect to just swan in and sit down at once.
Why give them the money when the cafe a few doors down has lovely food and genuinely charming staff?
Another thing: who chose the name? Was it a toss-up between that and Pol Pot?
(To be fair, the other two available reviews were positive. ) But if I was the owner, I’d be keen for what ebay calls “100% positive feedback” – so I’d want to either up the quality of food and staff, or think about my choice of branding rather hard – or else track down and “re-educate” the negative writers like my Icon did.
Why not Confucius? More people born in the West since 1980 may have have heard of him, he’s palpably Chinese, and he didn’t, so far as we know, murder 100 million (ish) people.