Question: Have you ever been to a restaurant that someone recommended to you, but you didn’t like it?
You know what I mean. You read a glowing review of the place. Friends of yours went there and raved about it. You went to the restaurant, and all around you were people happily enjoying their meals.
The entree you wanted was sold out, and your waiter was surly. You didn’t stay for dessert, and the bill was for ten times what any sane person would pay for a meal.
Okay, so maybe it was just one bad night, right?
So, you go back to the restaurant, because the waiter was probably in a bad mood because the head chef was out sick. I mean, it could happen, right?
You go back. It must be you. I mean, everyone says this place is the best.
The second time, your appetizer is cold and your drinks are watered down.
Now, maybe you just ordered the wrong drink or didn’t realize that particular appetizer was meant to be served cold – after all, who really understands molecular gastronomy, anyway? But again, you’ve skipped dessert and the bill is outrageous by any standard.
A sane person would stop dining at such a restaurant.
The question is, where do I eat now?
Col (Col Reads) says
There should definitely be a “grace period” for marriage. You know, a year before the arrangement becomes solid. You could try a few appetizers before you commit to dinner!
Diane (bookchickdi) says
My husband and I went to one of the most popular, well-reviewed restaurants in our city and we hated it. The food was pretentious and overpriced and the waiter constantly hovered. We like good food, but I just did not get why everyone drools over this place.
Beth F says
Bummer. Sometimes it’s best to go for drinks and appetizer or coffee and dessert before committing. But yeah, I’ve had that experience. But I’m a cold-hearted soul: I probably wouldn’t have gone back the second time.
I like Col’s idea of drinks and appetizers to work up to the full meal at the restaurant. Or maybe just throw convention to the wind and just picnic–no institution, just romantic love.
Sheila (Book Journey) says
I’m with Candice… (Beth Fish Reads), I probably wouldnt go back.
Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook says
You’re a good sport to go back and try again! I love the idea of just trying it out with drinks and appetizers.
Shelley Munro says
I’m not sure that I’d have gone back the second time. There are always heaps of other restaurants.