Are you planning to go to a restaurant to celebrate a special occasion or try out something new? Make sure you choose the right restaurant as it can make your evening special or an absolute disaster. Here are seven things you must consider while choosing the perfect restaurant or hotels.
Online and Offline Reviews: Technology like Smartphone apps and online reviews have made it easier to narrow down a restaurant you can go to. Diners put up honest reviews and feedback of the restaurants they visit. By reading their experience, you can find out which restaurant to go. Even offline reviews like word of mouth can have a great impact on choosing a restaurant.
It’s All About Food: The menu and cuisine that a restaurant offers is one of the main factors to consider. If you want to eat Chinese food, look for a restaurant that exclusively serves Chinese food or has Chinese food on its menu. If everyone in the family has different cuisine preferences, go to a multi-cuisine restaurant. You can also search for a restaurant based on whether you want ethnic cuisine or locally sourced produce, meat or seafood.
Proximity is an Important Factor: Make sure the location of the restaurant is within your reach. There is no point in travelling hundreds of kilometres just to eat food worth a few hundred rupees. Go to a restaurant that is situated nearby or within a reasonable distance. Apart from the distance, you can also consider the surroundings when you choose a restaurant. For instance, look for restaurants that offer a scenic view or is situated beside a lake, mountain or ocean. Having lunch or dinner in such places would be worth the money.
Waiting Time: Typically, if there is a lot of crowd in any of the restaurants in Vadodara, it means it is a really good one. You can choose to go the extra mile to visit such places. Some restaurants may see a lot more crowd during weekends or festivals. In such cases, make a reservation so that you don’t have to wait for long. If you haven’t taken a reservation and want to cut short your waiting time, reach the restaurant earlier than usual, before the crowd starts trickling in.
Hygiene Factor: Does the restaurant have a bad reputation when it comes to hygiene standards? If yes, it would be better to avoid such places. Unhygienic restaurants will put you at risk of health issues like food poisoning and a bad stomach. Make sure the restaurant is hygienic and clean.
Affordability: You must be confident that you would be able to pay the bill comfortably. It is alright to splurge once in a while but it would be a good idea to stick to restaurants that you can afford. Secondly, look for a restaurant where you will get a meal that is worth the price you would be paying. It can either be in the form of generous portions or exceptional service. If you come out with a great experience, you can consider the money was well spent.
Quality of Customer Service: Customer service is a critical element in a dining experience. No matter which restaurant you go to, the attitude and behaviour of the staff can dictate whether your experience will be good or bad. Look for a restaurant that has a reputation for great customer service.
Rishi Kamra works with Grand Mercure Vadodara Surya Palace. He has over a decade of experience in the hospitality and event management industry which allows him to create value-driven content for his readers. Travelling and photography are his two passions and in his free time, he enjoys working with the youth of his city by volunteering his time and mentoring young adults.