Sometime ago, I was privileged to be invited to a restaurant’s food tasting, to have a meal and then give my take on how things were. It was a French restaurant precisely, and it was a wonderful thing to be asked to come around to try out their dishes.

So everything good and fine, I visited, was warmly welcomed with a good seat, and it was time to get down to the main reason I was here; to eat some grub. This is the point where things went a little twisted.

Now the waiter approached; “Sir, what would you like to pick from our menu today?”.

How on Earth am I to tell? Everything on this menu is either written in French, or with a tiny infusion of English words in a French sentence, and I had little or no proficiency in French language 🤷🏾‍♂️, so I thought to myself, could it be that they really didn’t think that no English-speaking Nigerian would walk into a French restaurant to try out some French cuisine? Cut me some slack, how am I to order my meal now? What’s more, there wasn’t anyone around to assist with the translations. I couldn’t tell a biscuit from a bowl of soup. And if that wasn’t enough, I wasn’t able to tell which meal in particular was picture friendly, you know, for the gram of course 😏

I had to ask for pictures so at least I knew what I was about to get into, but thank God, I had my handy tool with me, it’s called Google.

It’s a common thing for some restaurants to have their menus chockfull of exotic sounding names to show how creative their dishes are, which is great! Except, when one doesn’t have the slightest idea on what any of the meals are supposed to look like. These are the kinds of information restaurants should provide in their menus. It would make ordering time go faster for those who are just trying to dip their feet into the waters for the first time. Not everyone will be familiar with the intricacies of restaurant dishes, and this is something that they should put in mind when making their menus.

And that’s just one side of the table.

There’s something about the expectations of a meal that get your taste buds excited, and then when the dish gets served, your eyes take it all in and you’re more than excited to get started from your mouth to your belly, that’s after a couple of photos have been shared on social media of course. Let’s admit it, we all do it from time to time. Raise your hands in the comment section if this is so your IG page! 🙋🏾‍♂️🙋🏾‍♀️

But then what happens when you see something you want, say, Lasagne and when it gets served; 1, the portion is much smaller than was advertised on Google, 2, it contains something that wasn’t listed in the menu. Definitely a downer at that point. Take a look at this image below.

It’s not just enough that a restaurant’s menu lets you know what the dish would look like, the menu should be very clear on what the components of the meal are. If the menu says fish soup, then it stands to reason you would expect a bowl of soup with a good amount of fish. A bowl with a little lone fish swimming dejectedly in the soup doesn’t sound at all like fish soup. Lasagne that comes with a sausage in it should have it on the menu that the lasagne will be coming with a sausage in it, right?

It’s rather unfair to a customer when their order is skewed because what the menu offered is not what was served at the end of the day.

Restaurants should figure out how to give more info on their dishes, so that their patrons are well prepared and the order that should be served actually gets to their table. Less disappointment, more enjoyment and everyone wins in the end!

I’d like to believe that this message was passed across clearly, but chances are, I am neither a restaurant owner no manager, what do I know? There could actually be a reason as to why their dishes are not properly displayed with pictures, but if there is such a reason, anyone here mind helping out with letting every other reader here know?

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