A Restaurant with Many or Few Options: Which do you prefer?

by Brooke on December 22, 2011

by Brooke | December 22nd, 2011  

menuI personally go back and forth on the idea, and now I’m wondering what you readers might think. As a restaurant, there are many benefits of either keeping a tight and select menu or by offering a wide range of tastes and flavors to please any palette.

While in the Gold Coast on a media trip, I was given the opportunity to eat at two very nice restaurants, each with differing menus, however, much like in the question this post is posing.

GlassGlass is a restaurant located right on the Marina Mirage over in Main Beach (a 3 minute walk from Gold Coast Helitours), with seating right on the water. It is classy and laid-back at the same time. Only, the actual process of looking through the menu and deciding what to eat took us far longer than expected given the choice — something I both love and hate at the same time. Since I lack taste buds for liking certain foods that others often love (like mushrooms and seafood), I find that menus heaps of choice make sure I am able to find something that makes my mouth water. On the other hand, it got to a point where I had to just close the menu and decide on the last item I saw because there were too many good options to choose from.

Little TruffleLittle Truffle is a restaurant in Mermaid Beach serving up modern Australian cuisine spiced with European flair – extremely delicious – and with the exact opposite mindset when it comes to the menu. The chef even came out for a chat with us at dinner and explained that their restaurant believed in offering up a few options on the menu, but doing them to the best of their ability. And, what I had was spectacular — confit pork belly with pea and mint puree and caramelized apples — but I definitely had but a few to choose from. It wasn’t an issue at Little Truffle because I liked many of the options, but I have been to certain restaurants where I had to pick one specific dish, and I wasn’t happy about it.

It probably depends on a person’s specific tastes, but I’m curious to hear from you on what your preference is for menu choices: a lot or a little.

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Celia Hamilton December 31, 2011 at 4:08 am
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Hi Brooke,
I live in Noosa which has some pretty funky restaurants like Gusto, Humid and Lindonis to name 3. They each offer about six entrees, mains and desserts. Anymore than that and there’s too much choice, just my opinion of course. Gusto have a seasonal menu, for example figs are on the menu in season.
I have a website that promotes beautiful day spas throughout Australia if you ever visit Noosa checkout our restaurants and spas,,,gorgeous.
Regards
Celia

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