Wondering if we were on the same Pearl. I'm not going to attribute any particular reason--I can only say I had absolutely no problem getting a table in the Summer Palace, and was always seated promptly and courteously. I ate dinners and one lunch there. I thought the menus were pretty well-rounded--not plentiful choices but sufficiently different to provide a range of tastes and styles. The food wasn't exactly distinguished, but most of the dishes I had were hot when they were supposed to be and nicely presented. The Indian food at the buffet was truly great, which added some unexpected choices.