You should weigh a variety of factors when considering a new place to eat before making your decision. It’s pricey to eat out, and none of us have fewer bottom pockets to fund error making. So, before producing a short list of two or three to contact, the following points are checked before making your decision, taking into account the needs of your guests and yourself.
Are there any special needs for diets?
It is doubtful that you would know any, or any, of their nutritional requirements if you are eating with anyone for the first time. Are they vegetarian, vegan, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Rastafarian, Sikh fruit eaters? Do they need food that is free of dairy products or gluten, low in salt or fat, nut-free and ideal for people with diabetes?
What is the new eating place’s location?
Are you looking for a new spot that is near by, in the countryside or downtown? How do you plan on travelling to and from the venue? Are public transport or satisfactory parking facilities available?
How much are you going to spend?
If you are so lucky, the meal might be funded and expenses claimed, but they have limitations and it is possible that your employer won’t pay for a top-priced meal because you didn’t know that three star Michelin was the eating spot. Only set a budget.
Would you like to reserve a table?
Check that a reservation can be made, and whether there are any restrictions and limitations depending on your party’s number. Do they expect some form of payment in advance, how do you and they confirm the booking by email? In terms of both time and prices, what are their cancellation terms?
Check the lists for the menu and drinks.
If you want a romantic dinner, it is futile to end up at a burger outlet, and also sit in a candlelit booth if you are with the bank boss. But, if you are desperate for some funding, the latter might be a good idea! Does the menu periodically change or is it constant? For different reasons, each of these choices can be relevant, such as, you like change or you want to depend on a specific item being available.
To help you decide, consider the sources of knowledge.
Based on experiences, good or bad, friends, family or work associates may give recommendations. Check the Internet using your key terms, but be mindful that the company will set up a website, so there will be no absolute impartiality. Do not take too much note of any “Independent Testimonials” as the last thing they’re going to be is possibly independent – the good ones may be set up by the owner and the poor people who are looking for a freebie. Study the food guides issued by accredited food inspectors’ organisations which do not rely on public feedback. Note that places can change ownership and style in a year, so the guide might be out of date until it hits the book store.