Whether you are dining in a French restaurant or a simple diner, it is imperative for you to have the best dining experience. Aside from enjoying good food, one of the reasons why we go out to dine in restaurants is to relax and reward ourselves. If you haven’t had success in this aspect for quite awhile now, here are four simple tips that can help turn your experiences into happy and memorable ones.
1. Go out of your way to try something that’s not your “regular”.
We all have our favorite restaurant. That one place where we feel comfortable and sure that we’ll love whatever we order. That one restaurant with a menu we’ve mastered from front to back. But if you want a real dining experience, you should open yourself to more unusual and surprising restaurant choices. In other words, avoid your “regular” from time-to-time and try out something new. This is the only way you can try something different or unique.
2. Don’t rush.
One of the reasons some people do not enjoy their restaurant dining experience is the fact that they tend to rush through their meal. This should not be the case. Slow down, relax, and enjoy your food. Nobody in a restaurant is in a hurry. Don’t keep looking at your watch. Enjoy the company of your companion. Savor all the delicious food spread right before you. Relax with a glass of wine and some dessert before ending your meal.
3. Talk to your server. Ask him questions.
Talk to your server. Ask for his name and strike up a brief conversation with him. In particular, you should ask him for suggestions on what you should pick out from the menu. Ask him about the restaurant’s specialities. Ask for food recommendations and find out which of the wines or beverages are preferred by regular diners. Remember, your server’s primary goal is to satisfy your needs and wants. Don’t hesitate to take advantage of this.
4. Focus on having a good time and enjoying your food.
Another common mistake a lot of restaurant diners make is that they dwell too much on looking for servers who make mistakes or on the way food is served or cook. This is why dining experiences often turn out to be trips to hell. When you are eating in a restaurant, do your best to focus on the positive, on having fun and enjoying your food. Do not find fault or look for loopholes. Think positive and everything positive will embrace you.