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Old 11-30-2007, 09:07 AM   #1
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Restaurants you don't like but your friends do!

Last night I drove to London to meet with some friends for supper. Restaurant was someone else's choice somewhere I'd never been. It was chosen on being cheap (in all it came to a staggeringly cheap 30 per person) and the decor and ambiance was fun, if incredibly contrived. But the food was not good. Greek/Turkish style starters (which I would guess were brought in)were the best thing about it, oh and the fresh fruit for pudding...and they had nice enough looking baclava which I didn't have....but the main course menus were so randomly confusing in origin and TBH, pretty poor in quality.

So I kept quiet and smiled while my non-foodie friends raved.....

how do you guys act when every one else likes a meal you don't like? And how hard to try to get them to spend 10 quid more next time for a vastly superior meal with less added glitter!

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Old 11-30-2007, 09:14 AM   #2
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Smile and keep your mouth shut in most situations. Then suggest something different next time.
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Old 11-30-2007, 10:23 AM   #3
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I don't usually say I didn't like something unless I really didn't like it -but that is pretty rare. Normally, I would say this was good and that was good but they could have improved on x. And yeah, suggest somewhere else next time.

My friends and I are very critical of restaurants, as we often write reviews of our experiences. In doing that, you look at restaurants through slightly different eyes. As our reviews are published on the web, other people can comment, as can the restaurants themselves. That also helps to look at restaurants differently. Sometimes there is more to a restaurant though than just the food it serves. People's judgements can be swayed by a good or memorable time that they had at a restaurant, and think that everything about it was good. (Over here we have a lot of mediocre restaurants that do large cheap cocktails and it is amazing how great the food is then to some people! When they go again and don't drink they still think the food is good but not as good as they remember it. Those people will often take a few attempts of below average food to give up on the place. Holding on to a memory.)

Another option when you just have to go there again is it might be possible to chose dishes that are perhaps just very basic dishes that the restaurant is less likely to stuff up, and so you may find them more attractive to you. And if a simple dish fails in front of your friends, they might see the restaurant for what it is.
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Old 11-30-2007, 11:16 AM   #4
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Sorry, but Applebee's. We always end up there and I have a salad 'cuz the menu is so boring.
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Old 11-30-2007, 11:30 AM   #5
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Andy, the squeaky wheel always gets greased.

Say you got sick from dinner last night.
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Old 11-30-2007, 11:30 AM   #6
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well dining out with friends can be a compromise, try for variety of places, new places, and even plan for "splurge night" at a fancy place
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Old 11-30-2007, 11:41 AM   #7
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Andy, the squeaky wheel always gets greased.

Say you got sick from dinner last night.
Yes,but if the squeaky wheel is too squeaky it gets replaced.
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Old 11-30-2007, 12:15 PM   #8
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Andy, the squeaky wheel always gets greased.

Say you got sick from dinner last night.
It really depends on the circumstances. If going to dinner together is a frequent occasion, I'd say something so I wouldn;t have to go back. If it's an occasional thing, I wouldn't, on the basis that it probably wouldn't come up again as a choice.

I wouldn't lie about getting sick to get out of it.

For example, my two daughters took me out to dinner Wednesday night. I had a less than enjoyable meal but said nothing since it's one daughter's favorite restaurant. I can suggest a change of venue next time or order something I like better.
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Old 11-30-2007, 12:18 PM   #9
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I usually have "issues" with the larger food chains. Some are surprisingly wonderful....just not all of them.
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Old 11-30-2007, 12:44 PM   #10
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I'm afraid I'm terribly critical of restaurant food. Where I wouldn't ever comment at dinner at a private home, I'm of the opinion that any place at all that offers food for sale, be it hot dog joint or top tier restaurant, owes its patrons the VERY best whatever it is. EVERY day it's open for business, every single meal. Anything less than their very best is just not acceptable.

I held myself to those same standards when I was cooking for customers, as well.

I do compromise when dining out with friends, but if they suggest a place I know I don't like, I'll suggest another in the same genre, or ask for a rain check. Been to Red Lobster once, won't ever do THAT again!
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