Eating out is one of those activities that people love to do every once in a while. Plus, dining out with friends becomes an awesome experience if done in the right way. Apart from that, this activity is also a chance to relive the best moments with your loved ones.
While having a meal with your friends or family members, you would not want to ruin the event at any cost. You would require everything to be at the best so that you can enjoy the time. It is also important that the meal is healthy and refreshing.
However, dining out these days has become really expensive. A few restaurants have been robbing the customers and presenting little to no value for money spent. But, today we are going to share 15 amazing suggestions that will save an abundance of your money, simultaneously providing you with the best dining out experience of your life!
So, without any further ado, let’s begin!
- Stay away from the special meals of the day
Restaurant owners are quite intelligent in putting up a board with a few dishes, terming them as “specials of the day”. However, you do not have to be deceived through such a tactic. Most of these specials are made from the leftovers and are also much costlier than other items. So, don’t become a fool and make your own choices by thoroughly going through the menu.
- Do not order the least expensive wine
It is a human psyche that they will also look for a cheaper option, especially when it comes to ordering wine. So, people would look for a cheaper wine. Thus, the restaurant owners would cater to the needs of the customers by putting the most pathetic wine in the cheapest category. The wine might look good at first sight. Nonetheless, it would be hideous in taste, for sure!
- Skip the pasta if the restaurant is not famous for it
Pasta is a dish that can either go wrong or right. There is simply no in-between! Thus, you have to be really careful while ordering pasta from a restaurant that you are not familiar with. If you haven’t heard some good reviews about their pasta, the best bet is to skip it and order something else. Also, ordering a portion of pasta from a restaurant that makes non-pasta dishes is again not a sane option to consider as they would never know how to serve the best pasta!
- Order Sashimi to judge a new sushi bar
Sushi is amazing when cooked to perfection. However, not everyone can pull off perfect sushi. So, if a new sushi bar has been opened in the town, you need to take precautionary measures. Therefore, order Sashimi first and make sure it is worth the money. Tasting Sashimi is one of the safest steps to take in a new sushi bar.
- Look for the hygiene of the restaurant
The hygiene of a restaurant could be a major deal-breaker in having a good experience at any restaurant. If the table is clean and the environment is looking pleasing and refreshing, the food would be good too. Hence, just as you step into the restaurant, check the hygiene by moving your heads around. Thoroughly check the crockery as well. It will give you a good idea regarding the overall hygiene of the restaurant.
- Clean restrooms are a part and parcel of a reputable restaurant
Again, the restaurant owners can never neglect hygiene, no matter what happens. If the surroundings are clean, the servers are looking well-groomed, moreover, if the restrooms are sparkling clean, your day is meant to become lit-up! Clean restrooms leave a very good impression on the guests about the overall hygiene of the restaurant. Thus, you would devour the meal in peace.
- Portray yourself as a reviewer or a blogger
It is a fact that the restaurant owners are extra nice to the blogger’s fraternity. So, if you want the best of the service, then you can enter the restaurant as a blogger. You can introduce yourself as someone who will be writing about the restaurant. So, in this way, the attitudes of the servers and the managers would change immediately. You will be able to see the magic with the best of the food, you will ever have in your life!
- If something fresh is on your mind, order unsalted fries
Ordering salted fries is never a good idea as you would be unaware of whether these are fresh or not! So, never take a chance and order unsalted fries. Then, you can add the salt according to your taste. It is a very good trick to check the standards of any restaurant.
- Prefer to visit a bar for having food at your own pace
Restaurants never like their customers sitting idle after having a meal. They would shamelessly ask you to leave the seat as other customers might be waiting. In this way, your meeting with your friend could be destroyed. So, instead, go to a bar and have food there at your own pace. In a bar, no one would ask you to leave until you are willing to. Thus, you can gossip and simultaneously eat according to your own likings.
- Need a burrito with an extra portion of meat without paying a single penny? Order it without rice or beans
If you are craving for a good burrito with some extra portion of meat and without paying a dime, then you need to learn this trick. You can ask the server to provide you with a burrito without rice or beans. So, in this manner, they will have to fill it with meat as there would be no option left! Unfortunately, the hack is only going to work if you are to order a taco bell.
- Confused regarding what to order? Have a chat with the server
It is quite normal that you enter into a restaurant without having any idea regarding what to order. Plus, the menu also confuses you when the restaurant is new. So, the best option is to have a chat with your server. The server would rightfully guide you to make the best ordering decision. They know everything about the menu and also have good knowledge about the items that are most commonly ordered there.
- Order the drinks with no ice
Ordering the drinks with no ice is the best option to consume drinks in the actual taste. The restaurants fill up the glasses with ice which brings down your beverage and deteriorates the taste as well. Hence, ask the server to serve the ice separately. But, if you are at a restaurant where there is an option of bottomless drinks, then you can have ice as much as you want. You will surely have no problems then!
- Eat low-calorie snacks for avoiding health issues
You go to a restaurant, have a heavy meal and then regret it later? Well, everyone regrets when they over-eat, especially when the snacks are rich in calories. So, you must search for the low-calorie snacks and have them in order to not regret it afterward. The low-calorie snacks would not harm your health too much. Plus, your fitness goals would not be hindered as well.
- Want to eat in moderation? Order soup as an appetizer
Soup is a go-to dish when you are not willing to fill up your stomach before actually having the main course. So, you should go for a soup and have it before having your main course. The soup is going to curb your cravings and hunger and will definitely leave a good room in your stomach so that you can devour the other dishes with the same intensity.
- Pass up the beginning of a buffet
A buffet is meant to consume dishes as much as you can. But, the restaurant owners are very clever as they place cheap food right at the start of the buffet. So, you need to pass up the beginning of the buffet and swiftly move towards the expensive counter in order to have full value for each and every penny that you have spent. The basic mistake that people make at a buffet is that they fill their plates with cheap food and begin to feel bloated just by having those dishes. Then, they do not have any strength left to check out the expensive food. Therefore, you have to be really vigilant while filling your plates at a buffet. Play smart and eat the best!
So, here we have come to an end of our list that taught you 15 insane tricks that are going to help you whenever you visit any restaurant. Thus, apply these tricks and make sure that you have the best time with your loved ones while devouring the best food.