Do you live to eat? (I know I do! 🙋) If you fall into this category, then trying different foods and new places to eat are more often than not two of your favorite pastimes. You’re probably even willing to travel long distances for good food.
Any foodie worth their salt has dined at a Michelin-listed restaurant at least once (and if you haven’t, have you checked out the world’s 50 Cheapest Michelin Meals yet?), and I don’t just mean Michelin-starred, but even those listed in the Michelin Guide under Bib Gourmand and The Plate categories. If you do find yourself at one, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the various types of diners you’ll come across:
New to the world of dining at Michelin eateries, The Rookie has that wide-eyed and slightly glazed-over look of someone who’s just a tad overwhelmed. Hesitant, yet curious, they’re happy to go with the flow and will likely keep it safe by ordering the restaurant’s signature dishes.
The Culinary Connoisseur
Confident and sure of themselves, you can tell this isn’t their first-time at a Michelin-listed restaurant – they probably did their research beforehand, so they know the best time to visit and what the seasonal specials are. They even chew on their food with careful deliberation, appreciating the flavors and textures in every bite.
Insta-foodies live and die by the rule, “The camera eats first.” These are the folks who will wait for all the dishes to arrive and will proceed to carry out a photography session, capturing the food at every angle possible. No one can start eating until they give the green light, and while everyone else is tucking in, they’re likely editing their photos and uploading them to Instagram.
The Choosy Lucy
Whether it’s due to food allergies, gluten/dairy-intolerance, the diet-of-the-moment or they’re just picky eaters, the Choosy Lucy will grill the waiter about what each dish contains and requests that certain ingredients be left out, so that the dish is tailored specifically to them. It usually takes a few minutes to just get their one order down correctly.
The Uncertain Curtin
Unlike the Choosy Lucy, who knows what she wants and doesn’t want, the Uncertain Curtin will scan the entire menu several times over and will STILL be unsure of what he wants when it’s time to order. He’ll order something, only to change his mind a minute later. Eventually, he’ll close his eyes and point at something on the menu, but will usually end up being unhappy with what he ordered.
The Cultured Know-It-All
The Cultured Know-It-All knows the difference between a Filet mignon and a Châteaubriand steak and will explain it to you without being asked. They’ll also correct you if you mispronounce something while ordering (“It’s not broo-chetta, darling, it’s broo-sketta!”) or don’t follow proper etiquette (“You have to turn your sushi so that you’re dipping the fish in the soy sauce – otherwise you’re insulting the chef and his entire family.”).
The Home Chef
The Home Chef is a decent home chef who cooks often, so they know basic techniques and have mastered a few favorite recipes and techniques. However, this sometimes makes them think they’re on par with professional chefs who have spent years perfecting their craft. Upon receiving their food, you may overhear them commenting, “What, this is it? I could’ve made this at home!”
The Daring Diner
Always needing a little bit of “something extra” to their food, the Daring Diner likes to keep it interesting. You’ll find them adding ghost peppers to their food or trying out deep-fried scorpions on sticks. They’re often the ones ordering the most unique, adventurous dish on the menu. They’ll basically eat anything.
A subset of the Choosy Lucy, the Organivore eats organic – and only organic. Believing that anything that’s not organic will possibly kill them, they’ll interrogate the waiter about where each and every ingredient was sourced, right down to where the farm is located and the farmer’s name. They’ll also insist on ordering what’s in season.
The Neggy Peggy
The Neggy Peggy never fails to drop negative comments about everything, from the food to the service to the restaurant’s decor. They’ll say that they don’t really buy in to “the whole Michelin Guide hoo-hah” and thinks that it’s all “overrated and overpriced”. We recommend that you don’t bring a Neggy Peggy along with you if you wish to fully enjoy your Michelin experience.
Going for a Michelin-starred meal doesn’t have to mean blowing the travel budget – we’ve found the 50 cheapest Michelin meals and ranked them by the price of an individual meal so you can eat beautiful, delicious, Michelin-worthy food wherever you go in the world.