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  1. Tandy – I enjoyed your piece. It’s true that with many people now eating out on a regular basis, they have a depth of experience that only professional reviewers may have had 20 years ago. Food is very important but it’s almost impossible to get a bad meal in Australia (and no doubt Sth Africa) these days so the service and ambience aspect is equally important to me and this is the most likely aspect where they will fail in my opinion. Cheers xx

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    • Sadly, getting a bad meal is not uncommon! I have had some great meals in Australia 🙂

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  2. Great tips Tandy. Personally, I don’t think people who consider going to Spur as “eating out” should write reviews. If you expect that your kids should be allowed to run amok and wonder where the colouring in pages are then you must rather go to a franchise. That said, I am a parent who parents which means my kids have been taught how to behave in public. We are slowly starting to venture into the more relaxed fine dining places and it’s nice to not be subjected to Spur anymore. 🙂 xx

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    • Ha ha, I am so glad for you that you can go somewhere that is not a Spur!

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  3. Awesome post Tandy! As a qualified chef it can be annoying to hear what Jo blows uneducated palate and thoughts are, but I, like you think anyone that has dined and paid for the meal is entitled to review it too.
    I dont really read the restaurant reviews, mostly because I work in the industry and have a pretty good idea as to what’s trending and stuff, but I like to know the portion sizes, the value for moula and if the kids are welcome, I generally dont visit. Again, thanks for a tops post, I enjoyed muchly. 🙂

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    • Thank you so much for the comment – it is always great to hear other perspectives 🙂

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  4. Nice overview Tandy! I have not written a personal restaurant review on my site but always like yours. We do however, in Hong Kong, have http://www.openrice.com/english/restaurant/index.htm where you can leave your review and comment and I have done this before.

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    • We have a few sites here that I can leave my reviews on, but I tend to forget to do so 🙂

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  5. Very nice.

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    • Thank you Angela 🙂

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  6. HI Tandy, great post. For me it’s the whole experience. My first time when trying to a new place is to order the dish they are know for. We always like to try at least 1 appetizer a couple of mains and at least 1 dessert. Service is always a big factor and if something is not right then how they take care of it is important. Although most times we don’t say a word and will likely not be returning to that restaurant again.
    cheri sharing the blog ♥ Coconut LoafMy Profile

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    • I think the way a restaurant deals with complaints is very important 🙂

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  7. What an interesting post! I love reading Trip Advisor for not only restaurant reviews but also museums, hotels whatever. I value those opinions. We never go out to eat with the kids or if we do, it’s a designated kid restaurant, dining with small children in public is NOT fun.

    I love to read reviews that are honest and straighfoward and so I enjoy yours. They’ll real not “bought”.
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    • Thank you for the comment Laura. We have used trip advisor for hotels and I shall remember to look for when we go to museums. I am so grateful our children no longer need to be taken to kid friendly places 🙂

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  8. You always write such great and informative restaurant reviews, Tandy. I feel that you are very fair and honest too.

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    • Thank you for the compliment Sylvia 🙂

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  9. hi tandy
    i think service is the most important thing for me. i can put up with mediocre food as long as the service is spot on. of course great food is important too but i find great service is the biggest issue for me.
    sherry from sherryspickings sharing the blog ♥ Book ReviewMy Profile

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    • Service is without a doubt a very important part of dining out 🙂

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  10. Excellent pointers. I often go out of curiosity if the restaurant is getting a lot of press, to find out if it’s justified. Food quality is vitally important to me: I want to experience exceptional quality – I can eat mediocre food at home, after all. Bad service and they’ll never see me on their doorstep again.

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    • I agree, bad service will not warrant a second visit. And having eaten what you cook, it is far from mediocre!

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  11. i think a good attidute is a must, we must be appreciate about the effort behind the plate scenenery,
    i just hate some foolish reviewer who couldn’t boil water without getting burn write shitty thing about the thing she/he didn’t understand.
    one of my professor in dental school ever made a review about steak tartare in upscale dinning restaurant and said it’s yucky and disguisting, after that he ask the waiter to sear the chopped seak tartare (LOL)
    the question is why would he order for steak tartare for the first time, he simply didn’t know about it and not even bother to ask the waitress or not even reading the menu book explanation

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    • That is a common occurrence here with people not knowing what steak tartare is 🙂

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  12. Price, quality of food and service. If enough people raves about the quality of the food, price might become a smaller factor.

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    • Thanks for the input 🙂

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  13. I totally agree on all that you said, especially the one that paid as having the right to review :). As a food blogger, I am also with you in stating that we have to be as honest and as transparent as we can for our readers. Great article, Tandy!

    Julie
    Gourmet Getaways
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    • Thanks for the comment Julie 🙂

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  14. I love reading your restaurant reviews on your blog. For me, service and quality (and variety) of food on the menu is a big turning factor when choosing a restaurant. Atmosphere plays a role too, because if you’re going to spend money on a meal out, you want to enjoy the whole experience. No use eating delicious food when your table is right on top of someone else’s or with fading or unattractive decor.

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    • I am so with you on your points Melanie 🙂

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  15. I agree with you about who should qualify in writing a review. In reply to your question: for me, if the restaurant is child friendly then I might visit. It also depends on who is with of course.

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    • Good points for me to remember Michelle 🙂

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