Have you tried really hard to like a meal that was just plain mediocre? I feel ya.
This weekend I went to a venue rated 4.5 stars on Yelp with a menu that sounded enticing. I had wanted to go to this restaurant for a few years, but for some reason I never made it out.
When I looked at the menu, I saw a "Michelin Recommended 2016" sticker on the front. Prospects looked bright. The descriptions on the menu were on point and the waiter was extremely helpful and friendly. The price points didn't exactly match with the venue, but I told myself: It's because the food is going to be so fantastic.
When the appetizer came out, it looked delicious. Unfortunately it was extremely bland and tasteless. I remained optimistic: maybe this is how it's supposed to be. I tried to identify unique flavors in the dish. I TRIED to reconfigure my tasted buds to make it taste awesome. This was warning sign #1.
The two entrees came out and it was the same story. It wasn't that the food was BAD, it was just that the food was NOT GOOD. The food was mediocre. This was warning sign #2.
I still remained optimistic, and ordered dessert. After all, the waiter made the cake seem SO delicious.
The dessert came out and it was straight up bad. The cake tasted like it had been sitting on the shelf for over a week. Why didn't I stop after ordering the appetizer?!
It wasn't like I didn't give this place a chance I REALLY did. I walked out feeling like I was robbed and lied to.
I thought of all of the other things I could have eaten:
- 2 Dinners at Aasna
- 16 Asha Tea House Bubble Teas
- 7.5 Chipotles - This place did not pass the Chipotle test.
- 3/4 of one Monday night meal at Chez Panisse
I tired so hard to like this place. I really did. The service was so good, but the food was so mediocre. If the service was bad, I would say something like "If you want to go to a restaurant where you overpay for a sub par food and mediocre venue, go here!"
I guess I just did.
The reason I won't tell you the name of this venue is because the people working were so sweet and I got the feels.
I guess the moral of the story is that if you have terrible food, at least have good service. You'll get tipped well and no one will talk badly about your restaurant.
So if you've ever been to a restaurant that is mediocre, just know that I'm right there with you time and time again. I feel ya. Take solace in the fact that I'll only direct you towards places that are good.
Do you have a similar restaurant experience? What tipped you off that the food was going to be bad?
PS The photos are just depictions. They're not necessarily the place I'm talking about.
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