The restaurant that I’m happy to review are the ones that start their invitation email by addressing themselves personally. With words that honestly want to make friends not just transactional. After all, how can I refuse a friend’s request.
The restaurant that I’m happy to review are the ones that appreciate the fact that we are also normal humans that have a full time job and responsibilities. With that in mind, their invitation wouldn’t be on a Tuesday during lunch time in a place far far away.
The restaurant that I’m happy to review are the ones that have authentic stories to share. No, not that PR release crafted to suit 1000 media at the same time. I won’t be where I am today by writing the same thing that everyone is telling.
The restaurant that I’m happy to review are the ones that have their person in charge sharing the same meal that I’m having. Taking time to build on a wonderful experience on top of good food.
The restaurant that I’m happy to review are the ones that says “Please tell us whatever you honesty think about our food. After all that’s the only way we can improve. Not by praises, but by criticism.” And they actually meant that by not being defensive when I spill my two cents.
The restaurants that I’m happy to review are the ones that have read my other article on Why We Should Write Honest Review. Then we can talk about making the industry better together, not pointing fingers at each other. It’s a symbiotic habitat we’re living in. We decide whether its going to be mutual or not.
The restaurant that I’m happy to review are the ones that understand we are not magicians. The best we can do is to share stories about you and let as many readers know about you. But whether people decide to come are something off of our control. Whether people who did come returns is even beyond us. The moment of truth is always the food & the real experience at your place.
The restaurant that I’m happy to review are the ones that doesn’t treat us as booty call. An invitation just a day before the event? Come on, you can do better than that. Refer back to my point above. Even a friends’ wedding invitation come at least a week in advance. What makes yours even more special than theirs that you can summon us with one night’s notice?
Have I met these ideal restaurants in the five years that I’m blogging?
If so, why are you writing these?
Because compared to the ones that did it right, there’s still a lot more that misses and I’d like to contribute to the industry for the better.
I’m @captainruby, signing off. If you’re restaurant owner or fellow blogger let’s have a fruitful conversation in the comment section below.