Top 4 Secret Dining Out Hacks You May Not Know About
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Published by TOP4 Team
Dining out is a multi-sensory experience. It’s not just about the food – it’s about the ambiance, the service, the price points, the conversations at the table, even your encounters while waiting for your table and getting out of the venue.
Whether you eat out frequently or dine out only for special occasions; whether you go for budget eats or prefer only fine dining, these are some restaurant hacks every diner should know and apply to make each experience special and definitely worth the money, time and energy.
If unsure about what to order…
Pick out two or three items from the menu and ask your server for their opinion about those dishes. Too often, people will ask only a general question, such as “What do you suggest,” or “What’s good?” which may prompt restaurants staff to simply recite their usual bestsellers. But if you ask a more specific question, then you might get a more honest perspective.
If you can’t yet decide on what drink to select…
Maybe you’re intrigued by their signature drink wine but you think it’s more practical to just stick to your usual just to be safe. Or you’re wondering if that artisanal beer would provide better pairing for the dish you ordered. Many restaurants will be happy to give you a small sample of their drinks so you can let your taste buds decide.
If you think something is wrong with your food…
Talk to your server, tell them what you think is wrong and send your order back if you have to. Just speak up politely and without the drama. For some people this may be easy and for others, a little bit of practice will be helpful. In time, you’ll feel more comfortable about requesting for more salt or less pepper (or whatever it is that you prefer) in your dish. The kitchen will most likely re-do the dish according to your preferences instead of risking a bad feedback on social media or online review sites.
If your experience is great…
Then let them know! Be generous with your praise – in the service industry where the hours are long and the work can be backbreaking, giving the restaurant staff a compliment can literally be a lifesaver. In Australia in particular, tips are not de rigueur so your kind words can be the best thing you can ever offer to show your appreciation and to inspire even good work. Plus, there’s a good chance they’ll remember you so you get even better service when you go back.
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