How many times have you floundered around while trying to decide what to order? Either at a new-to-you restaurant or an old favorite? You know--when nothing jumps out at you or (if you're sharing) no consensus can be reached? Wishing, hoping, needing inspiration or direction, yet not even thinking about asking your server?
It doesn't happen to N and I that often, but we did find ourselves in that situation at Marco Polo on our last date night. We have a mental list of about ten or more dishes that we choose from at MP. Not horrible as ruts go, but a rut all the same.
When our server offered to help, I raised my hand (figuratively, not literally) and said, "yes, please!". He asked if we'd ever had one of their noodle dishes.
"No" (not sure why)
"I can highly recommend our Singapore noodle dishes--one of my favorites. Also, the lightly breaded, salt and pepper prawns are great."
Usually, I listen to recommendations and then turn around and order something else. Why do I do that? Do you? (shaking head and hoping you say "yes") But not that night, not only did we take his suggestions but we've added them to our list of favorites.
Singapore Curry Rice Vermicelli with Shrimp? Addictive and delicious. Those salt and pepper prawns? I thought N and I were going to battle it out with our forks. Thinking back I should've taken a video. That man knows how to enjoy his food.
But I'm curious about what it's like from a server's point of view. Do they get tired of offering suggestions and having them fall on deaf ears? Or is it one of the best parts of their jobs?