How To Find A Good Restaurant While Travelling?
How do you know if you are in a “good” restaurant? A restaurant where the food is good and fresh. Not so easy to choose and find a good table. Here are our 6 tips for spotting the "good" from the "bad" restaurants whether you're traveling abroad or even in your city.
TIP 1: AVOID RESTAURANTS LOCATED NEAR TOURIST SITES
Keep in mind that tourist influx and quality restaurants are incompatible. In the hyper-centers or in the districts adjoining tourist monuments, you are sure to pay 3 times more than elsewhere and you risk being treated like chain customers. Knowing that tourists will not return to their restaurants, these restaurateurs do not hesitate to serve very poor-quality food at high prices!
TIP 2: CONSULT THE OPINIONS OF YOUR RELATIVES OR GUIDES ON THE INTERNET
What could be better than restaurants recommended by friends or relatives? Word of mouth remains the surest way to choose a restaurant while traveling and not to be disappointed. When you are not lucky enough to have friends who have traveled to all the countries of the world, you refer to the opinions left on the internet. If you are traveling to Chandigarh, then you can definitely check out Back To Source, which is one of the good restaurants in Chandigarh that serves only organic food.
TIP 3: CHECK THE LENGTH AND RELEVANCE OF THE MAP
All gourmets will tell you that a simple, coherent, and clean menu is the reflection of good cuisine. There are many signs on this map that will allow you to differentiate the “good” from the “bad” restaurants: avoid the extended menus translated into six languages, with photos of dishes as well as tourist menus.
Frozen, laminated, yellowed cards with stickers or erasures on previous prices are all signs of a "bad" restaurant. Prefer simple, ephemeral cards written on slates where the daily specials are found.
Also pay attention to the size of the restaurant, if the restaurant is small, the menu should not be too extensive (this is the assurance that everything is fresh). A good way to know if the restaurant is "good" is to look at the consistency of the menu: if the restaurant does everything (seafood, meat of all kinds, organic, vegetarian, etc.) is fishy. For a "classic" restaurant you must have 3 or 4 choices of starters, main courses, and dessert, no more.
TIP 4: OBSERVE THE RESTAURANT BEFORE ENTERING
Before finally choosing your restaurant, take a good look at it from the outside. Analyze the indoor/outdoor furniture and the storefront, which must be clean and in good condition. Avoid restaurants with terraces where the chairs and tables are made of plastic. This is rarely a high-class restaurant. The clientele of the establishment is very important: are they tourists, local residents, elderly people? A restaurant frequented by local residents or local seniors is a good sign.
TIP 5: ANALYZE SERVER BEHAVIOR
It's possible that, while you're looking at the map or inside the room, a waiter comes out to grab you. In that case, run away! This is NEVER a good sign. “Good” restaurants don't need to pick up customers, customers come to them. Worse than servers coming out, touts on the street. These touts are found in tourist areas. It is particularly unpleasant to be challenged when looking for a restaurant. So don't be fooled by these touts. Even if they do everything to make themselves nice to you.
TIP 6: TAKE A LOOK AT THE TABLES AND IN THE PLATES OF THE CUSTOMERS
What's on other customers' tables. Or even their plates is very useful to get an idea of the cuisine offered by the restaurant. Do not hesitate to ask customers how they find their dish. A good restaurant is synonymous with fresh bread, plates finished by customers. But also fresh products such as salad or fruit and well-prepared and clean tables.