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Annoying but I nearly always do it.
absolutely HATE cunts who pour over the menu for ages deliberating on what they're going to have
I'll look to make sure it's not shite, not necessarily to decide what I'm going to have
obviously don't do it if you've been there before
because she takes fucking ages to make a decision.
My pre-starter normally consists of a fingernail or two while I wait for her to pour over the entrees.
This may be meandering into annoying whimsical farcery but I genuinely enjoy not knowing until I get there, and deciding.
I always order a drink first anyway, gives me bags of time.
like if it's a proper, several hour meal, I'll get a drink and take my time to think about it, then pick out the meal and a good bottle to go with it.
If you're spending money you want it to be as much an experience as just chewing grub no?
the kind of restaurants where you are 'spending money' don't generally have their menus online. I don't think that's what Lonzy meant.
But actually (without as you say dietry requirements or being preggers) i don't think i'd ever think to do this, unless it was to get a bit excited about what i was eating y' ken?
the point I meant was that you wouldn't look, because you'd was just an example of previous dishes, and not likely to be on the day you go, if that makes sense?
Anyway, I'd better run before my titty fish and battered to death haddock gets cold!!!
:D enjoy the tittyfish
although last week I was going out with clients to a feted indian restaurant and I wanted to make sure I didn't fuck it up and order badly.
Again today, because we have to be ready to order as soon as we get there because I have afternoon meetings and can't linger.
I think if you have any dietary needs (preggers/ vegan etc) then it's pretty wise to check in advance.
For me it's pretty much:
- is there pizza?
- okay, is there a veggie burger that's not just a massive fucking mushroom, you lazy oaf of a chef?
- alright, whatever doesn't have ridiculous levels of goats' cheese and assuming the chef understands that normal people PEEL A FUCKING BUTTERNUT SQUASH.
Otherwise I'll just have pudding.
One thing I'll say for Glasgow is that it's brilliant for veggie and vegan places to eat. I am neither but I eat a lot of v stuff when out here as there's so much choice. And so many of my friends are finnieston dwelling vegans, that I have no choice but to eat at places like The 79, etc, if I want to see them!
It's a bit dull when you only have one or two veggie options and one is normally the goats' cheese monster.
I think the thing about fine dining is...it's never really actually going to hold a candle to really nice pizza. I mean yeah looks good, etc. but fucking hell, most of the best food really is simple comfort food.
I just presume there'll be at least two veggie options to choose between no matter when I go. Haven't been let down yet but I suppose the odds are slowly stacking up.
Having had almost exclusively vegetarian girlfriends in my adult life, it's amazes me how limited a lot of places are. If you're a vegetarian who doesn't like risotto, mushrooms or goat's cheese, you're fucked.
it's a rare chef who understands how much to put on. I remember ordering a burger once and it came with an entire fucking wheel of the stuff between two buns (on top of a mushroom wooo).
Tapering the dining experience for maximum efficiency.
In and out in eleven minutes, that kind of thing.
I actually want to go the restaurant or not. What food do they do? What kind of bunce is it?
I don't pick what I'm going to have when I get to the restaurant.
so you don't have to pour over the bill at the end of the night
I check the menu online, make a mental note of exactly what I'm going to order including sides, a dessert just in case we stay for it, and in some cases drinks. Also calculate the size of the tip based on the menu choices and price.
Then I search food blogs for reviews and photos of my choices, if they look really shit I will choose again. I do this by typing the restaurant name into Google image search then the name of the menu item, which almost always brings up the desired results.
Basically eliminate all activities that involve thought as early as possible, then when it comes to the meal I am free to focus on the experience and the food in front of me.