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petitpois Fri 15-Nov-19 16:00:48

When you go to a restaurant, do you plan ahead what you are going to eat? I was talking to my daughter and her friend recently and if they are eating out, they both read the menus beforehand and plan what they are going to eat. For me, this ruins the whole experience. I like to be spontaneous and reading the menu and deciding what to have is part of the fun of the whole outing, no? What do you think?

Pantglas2 Fri 15-Nov-19 16:07:38

I often plan what I’m going to have at a Chinese or Indian restaurant especially if I’ve had a good meal there previously but change my mind once I get there - it drives my husband mad!grin

M0nica Fri 15-Nov-19 16:09:57

I will sometimes look at the menu online from time to time just to get a feel for the style and price of the planned venue.

But online menus are usually labelled Sample Menu so there is no guarantee that what you see online will be on the menu on the day you have booked.

O the otherhand, for someone trying to lose weight, being able to look at a menu and decide what to eat before you are sitting at the table surrounded by food smells does make sticking to a regime easier.

Saxifrage Fri 15-Nov-19 16:17:33

I am coeliac so often look at a menu. To see if they are able to cater reasonably for gluten free food

tanith Fri 15-Nov-19 16:20:35

I often look at menus beforehand but still change my mind on the day or if someone else recommends a dish at the time.

BlueBelle Fri 15-Nov-19 16:49:05

I too usually read the online menu and have an idea of what I like and don’t like and what sort of prices they are asking so yes I m with your daughter on this one more practical and doesn’t hold others up if you’re dithering around I do however sometimes change my mind on the day

Nandalot Fri 15-Nov-19 16:55:54

I wish my DD would do this. She always dithers about what to choose and then afterwards wishes she had chosen differently!

Callistemon Fri 15-Nov-19 16:59:25

In fact, we're going out tomorrow night and I may just take a look at the menu to get an idea of what is on offer, but may not choose beforehand.

genie10 Fri 15-Nov-19 17:02:01

Having a look does save too much time wasted choosing when everyone is hungry. And you can look forward to tasting it.

MissAdventure Fri 15-Nov-19 17:08:06

I like to surprise myself, so I never look.

ninathenana Fri 15-Nov-19 17:08:10

I don't look at an on line menu,
except for somewhere newly opened so I have an idea of the cuisine.
No point in getting there and they have nothing you like.

annodomini Fri 15-Nov-19 17:12:50

Many restaurants have 'specials' on a separate menu and I like to be able to see what is on offer apart from the standard menu which I may already have viewed on line.

Fiachna50 Fri 15-Nov-19 17:15:00

Same as Saxifrage. Being gluten-free can be a pain, but am really ill if I get glutened.

Callistemon Fri 15-Nov-19 17:16:53

I have walked from place to place when out with DD trying to find one that understands, Saxifrage and Fiachna

MamaCaz Fri 15-Nov-19 17:26:41

WIhen possible, I quite like to know what sort of things are on the menu, but once I know that there is more than one thing on the menu that I like, my final choice wouldn't be made until the last minute, based on what I fancy eating at that particular moment, which can vary enormously from day to day or even hour to hour!

SirChenjin Fri 15-Nov-19 17:56:33

I’ll look at the menus to see if they’ve got a good choice at a price I like but I don’t choose in advance - I see what I’m in the mood for once I get there

grannyactivist Fri 15-Nov-19 18:02:57

If I'm going somewhere new I like to look at the menu to see what sort of food is on offer. If I'm going out with my grandsons then I definitely need to know that the restaurant understands and caters for allergies; two of my grandsons have very severe sesame allergies.

Davida1968 Fri 15-Nov-19 18:04:58

This idea has never occurred to me! I just go along and see the day's menu.

Davidhs Fri 15-Nov-19 18:08:57

Assuming it’s a good restaurant as opposed to a Steak House or Indian, a nice fish dish, something I wouldn’t cook myself. Whichever restaurant I go to, a meal that is worse than I can do myself is not acceptable, an upmarket place that does that is going to get a 1 star review, a steak house usually does a good meal without frills.

Grammaretto Fri 15-Nov-19 18:19:37

I'm vegetarian so generally check beforehand. I like to know that there is more than one veggie item.
I will often try the board for the dish of the day once I'm there.

I must make sure the restaurant I have booked for a family party is vegan friendly.

Willow500 Fri 15-Nov-19 18:20:54

If I'd looked I'd have forgotten by the time I got there grin I've even forgettenwhat I've ordered for husband's works Christmas do!

kittylester Fri 15-Nov-19 18:30:09

I always check for gf offerings but have been caught out when a menu says 'gluten free option available' as that sometimes just means that they hold back any gluten containing ingredients- like gravy or toast with pate.

MiniMoon Fri 15-Nov-19 18:40:00

I sometimes look at the sample menus online.
Often though, I just go and expect to be delighted with what's on offer.
How can you decide beforehand, when you haven't seen the specials board?

Treebee Fri 15-Nov-19 18:55:44

I usually look at online menus to check that there’s enough for me to choose from as I’m pescatarian. Something might appeal but I choose when I’m there, usually very quickly.

jura2 Fri 15-Nov-19 18:57:04

Never choose in advance- unless requested to do so for a group event.