As a food blogger, why am I telling you this?
Don’t I want you to believe what I review?
Unless you find that we have very similar palate and appreciation towards food and people, I actually want you to take what you read with a pinch of salt.
We need to be aware that everyone has a different palate, food expectations, knowledge and personal experiences at the end of the day.
It can be useful to know what others are saying (perhaps, it could save you a trip to a crappy restaurant) but what I’m saying is, don’t just rely on anyone to tell you what’s great on not.
Eating and exploring food is a journey that can be a really individualistic and sensory experience that is uniquely yours.
My standard dining experience might be someone’s best dining experience. Likewise, it could be the other way round.
Food like blue cheese is an acquired taste and it is something that I grew to really enjoy. Stinky tofu? I’m still learning to appreciate.
Here are the 7 factors that would affect your dining experience:
- Consistency or the lack of consistency in the food quality – The supply chain for the ingredients sourced by the restaurant, nature/season of the year, the chefs/cooks on that day
- Consistency or the lack of consistency in the service standard – Sometimes a bad day makes a bad staff attitude and changes the whole dining experience
- Your own mood and attitude towards the staff
- Your knowledge and past dining experiences
- The company that you’ve having the meal with
- The type of music that the restaurant is playing
- Your own palate – This is one thing that you should trust at the end of the day and grow with it.