Monday, July 27, 2009

5 Ways to Prevent the Restaurant Blues


This past weekend my wife and I decided to go out for dinner. A new restaurant opened near our home and we were both quite excited because we had eaten at one of their establishments in Collingwood, Ontario and absolutely loved the food!

Unfortunately our experience wasn’t quite as pleasant at the location near our home. The food lacked taste and thought. My meal reminded me of something I would be served in a cafeteria except I was paying triple the price for it! At first I was upset at the restaurant for serving such an uninspired and lackluster meal. However after some thought, I realized I could prevented this unpleasant dining experience using these 5 tricks.

1.Before ordering I should have asked our server if the restaurant had a particular specialty. Do they make great pizza or are they better known for their seafood and pasta dishes. Once I had this information, I could have ignored the other items on the menu. By the way, if you’re not at a ribs establishment, don’t order ribs…enough said!

2. I could have observed other people’s meals around me while I was perusing the menu. Dishes that look appealing increases the chance they will also taste good.

3. I also could have struck up a friendly conversation with the people around us to find out what they ordered and see if there was a meal they particularly enjoyed.

4. Checking out the menu online before going would have been a good idea. The restaurants website or sites like Menus Only would have given me a sense of the prices and if there was anything appealing on the menu.

5. Finally instead of getting upset I should have remembered that a disappointing restaurant meal is the best inspiration for getting back into the kitchen to cook a similar homemade dish that’ll taste 100 times better!

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Brent Garell
The Kitchen Roadie
brent@cookapalooza.com

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