At posh restaurants with short menus, he advises, order whatever sounds least appetising: it made it on to the menu for a reason, and if it did so despite sounding off-putting, it’s probably great. Avoid places with crowds of beautiful women – not because they have specific culinary tastes, but because they attract male customers regardless of food quality, enabling the kitchen to coast. When picking a Chinese restaurant, cheaper is often better, but with Japanese go for the priciest you can afford; the reason has to do with the socioeconomic profiles of immigrants from those countries. And don’t Google “best restaurants Edinburgh”; search instead for “best cauliflower dish in Edinburgh”, whatever your views on cauliflower: specificity will lead you to good-value quality.
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