Close Your Menu For A More Satisfying Meal

If you agonise over your choice at a restaurant until the moment the waiter takes your order, you might not enjoy your meal as much as you should. Choose and close the menu for a better experience.

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Recent research details an experiment that asked participants to choose a piece a chocolate from a variety platter. Participants who closed the platter immediately after choosing expressed greater satisfaction with their choice versus those who left the platter open. The effect was more pronounced as the number of choices increased.

The lesson to take away from this is to make a choice at dinner, and then put the menu away. Spending extra time contemplating your other options will only make you second-guess your decision once your food arrives. This is especially true at restaurants with big menus and lots of potential choices. As someone who asks to choose his meal last at the table to get a few more moments to choose a meal, I'll definitely take this advice to heart.

Closing Your Menu After You Order Could Make Your Meal More Satisfying [The Consumerist]


    I can't remember the last time I ordered at a sit down restaurant where the menu wasn't taken away as soon as I ordered.

      I think you may have misunderstood the article. I think what it's trying to say is "If you want to enjoy your meal, don't keep going back over the menu, just look, make a quick choice, and order."

    me thinks the same might apply to choosing a spouse.

    If you keep reading the menu, the waiter isn't going to know you are ready to order. Decide and put the damn thing down!

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