What is YOUR meaning of fine dining?
- bluebeary Jul 27, 2010 05:49 AM
I'm pretty crazy about top-notch food and fine dining restaurants. As a researcher in the food service industry, I've focused my research on this field. So far, I got some quite varied and sometimes contrary views on what fine dining means to the individual, ranging from "expensive and overpriced", through "stiff ambience" to "two-hour vacation from a busy day". Obviously, this is a quite controversial issue for some.
So I thought it might be pretty interesting to see what a bunch of foodies has to say to this topic. What is your personal meaning of fine dining? And what do you personally associate with it?
Fine dining is something that I can only afford once in a while and that I want to "dress up" for the occasions.
Expensive and over-priced are two different things. something expensive is not necessarily over-priced and something cheap can be over-priced.
Ambiance: if you do not feel welcome in a restaurant (stiff ambiance, posh-ish staff, ...) then it's NOT fine dining.
For myself, it means dressing up, a warm and inviting environment (something with a great view also is a plus - ocean, city lights, etc.), linen on the table, DH across the table, candle light, fantastic food that I would not necessarily make at home, not having to worry about time and a fantastic wait staff. It also is usually expensive, but not "over priced" - as Max said - "expensive is not necessarily over-priced and something cheap can be over-priced."