Food recommendations are such tricky subjects. Who do you trust and in turn do you trust yourself to recommend a place to a friend? This week I was told about a really good place to go too and I went, I ate and I was disappointed.
Recommending a restaurant or any place to someone heaps a lot of pressure on you. At times it also can lead to people judging you and what you deem as good quality. If anyone now says “Shayan, where shall I go to eat”, a panic sets in. I then start to think about places I like, if I think that person will like it and finally, whether it reflects well on me. WOW, that is a lot to think about from one simple question.
Discussing this issue with a friend the other night led me to believe that recommendations are solely based on personal experiences at that given time. If you have been two or three times then you can give a more constructive and convincing recommendation. Otherwise the one time experience will provide your friend, family, acquaintance or colleague with a risky 50–50 chance of liking your choice or you being seen as someone with poor taste.
The example is this- if my first experience of a restaurant was amazing and had unbelievable service etc, I would recommend it. However, this amazing place could unfortunately falter for your friend and not live up to the hype. Therefore, immediately the restaurant and your recommendation has disappointed and can then lead to a poor reflection on you. Consequently, said friend will no longer ask you for your advice and your status as a #foodie is ruined. Turn this on its head and you have suggested a friend not to go based on a bad experience. What do you then think of them if they loved it?
Now I am getting confused. The best thing would be to not give recommendations and let people judge for themselves. Or what I think is best, is to get many different perspectives. Thankfully with the Internet I can check out many reviews, from the average Joes, critiques, so-called foodies and food connoisseurs. My ‘recommendation’ is to look at the positive and negative reviews in order to get a full and holistic understanding of the venue or restaurant you wish to go to. This way, you can be excited by the positive aspects which you have heard or read about and you can be cautious about any negative aspects.
Listen to your friends, listen to the people and just try it out. If a restaurant has intrigued you enough to ask, just go and try it out. From here, before you recommend a restaurant, go at least twice in order to give a more solid base for a recommendation and makes you a reliable source in the future.
Now, where shall I eat tonight?