Going out for dinner

July 06 2016
Dining table

Everybody loves taking a break from the boring daily routines and chores at home. Going out for dinner is an excellent idea. Affording it is a whole another story. Depending on your financial status you need to consider the frequency of these occasions as well as the type of restaurant to visit. There are plenty of positives regarding not eating at home as well. It is a perfect way to save time as you are not going to be the one to prepare the food. You also will not be asked to wash any dishes as there is staff for that. They will also serve you and treat you well. Again it all depends on the status of the restaurant. Another advantage is the opportunity to bond and socialise. This is especially good if you have guests or business partners coming over from out of town.

Many people prefer going out even when relatives visit because it is so much more convenient and you do not need to have people in your house.

Having something to talk about can make the evening very pleasant

Here is one important piece of advice which can be useful on some occasions. If you are having a date or are simply going out with friends or family you can go to the cinema prior to dinner. Seeing a play is also a good idea because it will give you something to talk about at the restaurant.

Dining tableAnd now comes the most important part – picking the right place to eat at. You should go with a certain place depending on your social status and the money you are prepared to spend. This being said there are incredibly expensive and luxurious restaurants (gourmet restaurants actually) where most people won’t go in a lifetime. These places are absolutely special when it comes to interior, furnishing, service and cuisine. You can expect only the best waiters to serve you and to have your food cooked by a great master chef. They will also plate your meal in a very special way with decorations and such. Don’t count on having huge portions though. They usually serve minimalistic amounts of food where quantity doesn’t matter. It is all about the exquisite taste and the experience itself. You will also have a huge variety on your disposal and will be able to select among very exotic meals. People with regular professions rarely visit such places. If you are an average person working at a removal company you might not be able to take your family to such a restaurant. If you, own, this removal and cleaning company in question you might be able to afford such a dinner.

One level below these fine luxury restaurants are the ones where average people go on special occasions. These places are again pretty expensive and have great quality food but some things might not be as high class as we would expect. Valet parking might not be an option and your selection of exotic foods might also be limited. But if you are looking for a place to conduct a dinner after a business meeting, then this is it. These restaurants also hire the best chefs they can get although experience is perhaps a little more important than skill. Count on them to serve you top class food and drinks. Often your meals will be overpriced but it will be worth it. They rarely have drinks made by common average brands and stick with high end products instead. A simple cocktail might end up costing 4 times more than getting it at a usual bar. But here is the kicker: they will most likely use freshly squeezed juice straight off of fruits instead of cheap sweetened concentrate. And you can also l rely on them to use top grade liquor in that cocktail. Restaurants such as these are excellent for celebrating huge life milestones. Sometimes even people who can barely afford it go there just to feel special.

Next come the usual pizza places and family restaurants. These are the joints where you simply grab beers with your friends along with a little snack. Most of them will have a halfway decent interior mostly with wooden tables and benches. Buying such furniture for a restaurant might not be the brightest idea as it is almost impossible to move them if you are switching locations. You cannot take them apart and that makes loading them up on vans pretty hard. While these restaurants have menus full of meals, deserts and drinks they are usually of average quality. You will not find anything exotic and different there but you can enjoy some traditional food. You can get some:

  • Soup
  • Salad
  • Beer
  • Desert

Do not count on having a well arranged plate but on the other hand you might just get a larger meal. This is because mid class eateries usually win customers with quantity and not so much with quality. Places such as these are excellent for when you do not want to cook at home and simply step out for a stake or pizza. Since they are relatively affordable you can visit them regularly. Prices are not high and service is also not going to be exactly aristocratic.

Getting a quick meal can save you a lot of time for other things in the evening

Restaurant tableThe last place to eat on our list is… a fast food joint. Even if we exclude the huge chains and stick with only local hot dog and burger restaurants we still have plenty of options. You cannot take them very seriously and will most likely have dinner there if you are in a hurry. You might be accompanied by friends but taking your family there is not the best idea. Sanitation might sometimes be a problem at such fast food restaurants and you need to make sure you are perfectly content with the conditions there before stepping in.

These are the most popular options when it comes to eating out. Decide what is good for you on each particular occasion and go for it.