What’s your favourite place to eat and/or drink? Café, pub, or restaurant?
I have to admit, I’m a café person. I like the unpretentious food and the casual atmosphere of a café. I tend to go for breakfasts and brunches at cafés. It’s a nice way to start the day. Plus I like the fact that I don’t have to get dressed up. I can be scruffy and half-awake, and they’ll still serve me. Anywhere that does great bacon and eggs, and I’ll be happy. Or, even better, great pancakes and bacon! Yummm!
I’m not a drinker, so I don’t go to pubs that often, and to be perfectly honest, I hate crowded, noisy watering holes. But I do love a good pub lunch: a nice steak and mash, or burger, or beer-battered fish and chips. A pub-lunch can be a cheap, but yummy, alternative to a café or restaurant. Plus I can pretend to be a blokey Aussie male; well, I can dream. The Coke Zero instead of a schooner is a dead giveaway!
I’m not a big restaurant-goer. I prefer cafés and pubs for lunch, and because I don’t like eating after 5pm, the evening dining experience feels strange to me. Apart from that, I’m not big on the restaurant experience anyway. I know a lot of people enjoy the experience of dressing-up and the formality of some restaurants, but I hate that kind of thing. Other people love the unique dining experience offered by top-notch restaurants, but to be perfectly frank, fancy food does nothing for me. A good burger or a great steak does more for me than braised lamb with couscous. I think I’d prefer some local take-away in front of the TV instead of some stuffy restaurant.
Of course, there’s a lot of overlap between eating experiences nowadays. Some cafes and pubs deliver fantastic foodie experiences, and some restaurants have fun and relaxed café/pub attitudes. It’s all good. Just find the place that’s right for you; great food, great atmosphere. It doesn’t matter if it’s a greasy-joes or a 5-star wankery; if you enjoy the experience, then it’s the right place for you.