Most of us enjoy the usual, safe, à la carte. But some of us relish the good old buffet. I personally love a grand buffet. There are so many choices! Why order just one dish of lamb when you can have chicken and fish too? However, there are some rules which should be kept in mind while eating at a buffet. If you want to get your money’s worth, read these universal 6 Buffet rules.
Before eating at a buffet, there are some things to be kept in mind. It’s important to build up the moment! You need to indulge in positive, self-motivational talk, as often every buffet ends with feelings of guilt for having binged! Ward off those feelings of self-destruction by telling yourself that you earned it and its time to enjoy! Once you’ve convinced yourself, you need to find the loosest trousers you have, put them on, and leave for the buffet.
Soup = Scam
The main rule of buffets: DO NOT have the soup! This is the oldest trick in every restaurant’s book, “Fill them up with soup so they won’t eat all the main dishes” Well ha! We figured it out and no thank you, we won’t be having the soup!
“What’s the point?” It’s not like you have to wait for your food to arrive, nor are you bored and lazy, so why soup? What’s for starters instead? I smell dumplings!
This is often tricky when it’s a large buffet. There are so many options and its easy to get confused and panic. You want to taste them all, but time and appetite may not always be on your side.
You don’t have to worry though, as the rule of sampling comes to your rescue! Take a large plate, take a bite sized portion of every item on your plate, then go back to your seat. Taste all of the items, pick your favorites, then go back for rational sized helpings.
Rice or Noodles?
Ok, its time for a reality check. People who face the issue of whether to take rice, or noodles need some help.
Clearly, the decision is for the more delicious meats and vegetables, though it isn’t the focus of your meal, choose either one! But, can you tell me, how often do you have noodles at home? Once a month, maybe twice? Whereas rice is almost daily. Boom! There’s your answer. You didn’t make the effort of stepping out of your house, just to go eat something that’s sitting in a stainless steel bowl on your kitchen table.
When its time for dessert, you’re already full. Your belly is warm, and you’re already thinking about the nap you would take when you reach home! But HOLD ON! It’s not over yet.
You didn’t go through all this effort of choosing and eating ,just to pass out on dessert. This is where the party starts my friend. Another scam that some restaurants offer, is to lay out pieces of fruit alongside the dessert. Don’t even think about picking that stuff up! Head straight for the mousse, ice cream and pudding. Load you plate with honey noodles and chocolate syrup. You worked hard all of last week. You deserve it!
Well the time has come to pay the hefty bill, (which by the way was totally worth it) and saunter back home.
Take the stairs, they will help digest the food. Take a longer route back to your car, or just walk around a bit before sitting in your car. Roll down the windows, put on some music, and drive back home with a big smile on your face!
A passionate writer, artist, movie buff and a hard core non vegetarian, she enjoys trying new and different things. Comedy and thriller movies are her sources of comfort. A student of psychology, she finds the subject fascinating and often incorporates it into the occasional fictional pieces she pens down.