When you can’t decide what to order at an unfamiliar place, I’ve always figured your best bet is to go with their specialty. At a steak house? Order steak. Sushi shop? Order sushi. It should be a no brainer. If in doubt, don’t order the seafood platter in a burger joint. Don’t order the cheeseburger in a fish and chip shop. Both will usually contain frozen elements and possibly nuked back to life.
There’s a trend for places to offer too wide a menu and instead of doing a few really things well, they do many things badly or average at best. An Australian coffee chain was offering “authentic” Thai cuisine not long ago. Really? I wish I could have a Thai fish cake with my espresso…said no one ever.
The other day I went out for lunch with The Koala. Going out for lunch is a treat that every worker should reward themselves with once in a while. It breaks up the day and for a moment during the week, you can pretend you don’t work for a living.
Our usual Chinese BBQ shop was closed so we tried a BBQ duck restaurant around the corner. I ordered their BBQ duck on rice. Perhaps the lack of BBQ ducks hanging in plain view should have triggered warning bells.
Lunch was average at best. The duck was bland, the expected crispy skin was flaccid*. Some of the rice was ok, some of it was dry and hard. I suspect the plate had done a stint in the microwave. I wasn’t all that keen on last night’s leftovers. If a duck restaurant can’t do duck right, I’m worried. So I’m pretty much sworn off the place.
* I’ve always wanted to use the word flaccid in a non dirty manner.