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Do You Eat at Restaurants With Picture Menus?

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BalooB BalooB 8 years
Wild Magelet, I was at a restaurant in Auckland last night that has pictures on the menu. They serve Vietnamese food and my friends and I just memorise the number that we usually get. I love the pictures because the food tastes even better than you can imagine...YUM!
puddlesworth puddlesworth 8 years
Yeah. You dont have to read the name and wonder what it is, you just point to what looks good and say "I want that one" lol just kidding
seraphimm seraphimm 8 years
A few run-down places do this, but so do really fancy restaurants that people only have to guess what they're ordering... so I really appreciate it though, for example... I just fell in love with Indian food, but have NO idea what each item is called... so if they have pictures, I'll be so excited and eager to point at the picture instead of describing what it looks like (I can just imagine it now..."what KIND of curry miss?") like an idiot :)
ayuninur ayuninur 8 years
yea sure..why not?!
Super_stargirl Super_stargirl 8 years
I don't know if its a bad thing, but i'm so influenced by the pictures in menus that 90% of my orders in restaurants are dishes that have pictures!
Wild-Magelet Wild-Magelet 8 years
Although I guess it could be helpful! :) As long as what you get actually looks like the photograph, and it isn't a case of magazine food photography where everything is sprayed with paint gloss and stuff.
fuzzles fuzzles 8 years
There is a wonderful, authentic Mom and Pop Thai place in my area that does this. I don't mind and, actually, appreciate it. Some of the food is unfamiliar to me, and the appearance of the food helps me decide what to order.
Wild-Magelet Wild-Magelet 8 years
Apart from fast food places, I'm not sure I've ever seen or heard of a restaurant in New Zealand that puts pictures on the menu.
Marci Marci 8 years
The picture menus usually scare me. The food never looks good, for some reason.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 8 years
Of course, I'm married to a photographer! :)
soapbox soapbox 8 years
The only place I've been to that does this was this tiny gelato shop in Hamburg, Germany. And their pictures were high quality and looked like something out of a commercial. Since I'm not totally fluent in German, the pictures helped a lot. Oh and the gelato looked just as good!
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
Of course I'd eat there. It helped quite a bit when traveling through Europe. Some menus weren't in english (in the small towns of some countries) but they had picture menus and it helped us decide if and what to eat. though most cities and towns now carry english menus to serve tourists. yay! Though I do go by description more, and if i am confused on an ingredient, I just ask the waiter. One thing that ticked me off though was that not all foods in the dish were listed in menus. Sometimes we get meals that didn't add "nuts hidden in sauce". What if I were allergic to nuts?? It wouldn't be fun finding those hidden jewels in my meal. That's not just in Europe though, sometimes here too! Whoops way off topic. ^_^
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i don't necessarily think that pictures on the menu will turn me off - but it's not something that i search for. i think that most of the foods i order are easy to figure out since they are non-meat/chicken/fish dishes..but for some people who don't know exactly what something is - i think that it couldn't hurt. my fiance and i used to go to this diner in FL and well - they have LOTs of pictures and it was interesting - since they always warn you that pictures are suggestive and not necessarily representative of what you're going to get.
milosmommy milosmommy 8 years
I would and have. The Thai place I love to go to near work has pictures. I find it helpful because I wouldn't know what it was just by the name sometimes.
verily verily 8 years
I don't make a conscientious decision about it by any means. Usually, it's the mom and pop places that do this. And yes, they sometimes take the worst possible pictures of their food, but I'll still order it if it sounds good.
Pallas-Athena Pallas-Athena 8 years
There should be a sometimes I do and sometimes I don't choice. I do eat a restaurants with picture menus, but sometimes I don't. It all depends on the food and place.
Fixe Fixe 8 years
that menu is portuguese!!! i know!!! :)
Berlin Berlin 8 years
Not a fan, but I do enjoy Friday's Restaurants:) That's where it ends though! Unless I have no choice and I'm dragged somewhere when out!
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 8 years
It is all about how the food looks when it is on your plate and how it tastes.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I don't see why not :?
kellys kellys 8 years
sushi restaurants in our area usually have a mat with pictures on it. of course, the pictures are way more flattering than the one above.
partysugar partysugar 8 years
Considering I took the above picture, I obviously do!
lisabarn lisabarn 8 years
I think it entirely depends on the restaurant - lots of Chinese restaurants do it and I appreciate knowing what I am ordering.
aistea311 aistea311 8 years
Once in awhile. It helps my friend who is so indecisive about her food choices at restaurants and makes me say, "ooh that looks yummy" literally:)
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 8 years
I don't think I've ever NOT eaten at a restaurant that has pictures of the food somewhere throughout the menu...
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