My Dream Restaurant

I’ve just arranged to go out for supper tomorrow night and now I have the dreaded task of finding somewhere to eat. Honestly, life is just too hard sometimes. I mean, can’t understand why it’s so tricky to find somewhere to eat when I just have a few minor – trifling really – criteria that the venue absolutely must have? Like….

Restaurant views overlooking caldera santorini

~ My dream restaurant has good food. I mean, that goes without saying. A Michelin star would be nice from time to time but sometimes all you want is a dirty burger. Ideally, it would cater for either whim.

~ My dream restaurant has taken this one step further by offering an entirely gluten free menu with all my favourite food on it. Mostly things involving stuff I just can’t face making at home like pastry, or waffles. The pudding menu wouldn’t contain even a whiff of a fruit salad.

~ My dream restaurant has a great atmosphere that’s conducive to conversation but not so loud that we all have to start yelling “EHH?” in each other’s faces. Say it, don’t spray it.

~ My dream restaurant has comfy chairs that don’t leave you feeling like you need a deep tissue massage to recover from the assault to your spine.

~ My dream restaurant has a teleporter-slash-time machine so I can dine with my favourite people whenever I want.

~ My dream restaurant has the perfect portion size that lets you enjoy each course equally and not have to unfasten any buttons on your clothing at any point.

~ My dream restaurant does not have air conditioning set to Arctic Blast which makes both you and your food miserable.

~ My dream restaurant has a killer view. Preferably from up high, perhaps out over beautiful natural scenery or glittering city lights 103 floors below.

~ My dream restaurant has just the right level of service. You don’t feel like you’ve actually said more to your servers than to your dining companion by the end of the night, but you’re also not left waiting for the bill for three hours either.

~ My dream restaurant has loos which are a destination in themselves. Clean, proper doors that actually lock, plenty of loo roll that you don’t have to fight to get out of the holder, taps that operate predictably, nice handwash (nobody uses the handcream do they really?), not smelly, preferably with a champagne bar in the corner with an attendant that can be your New Best Friend.

~ My dream restaurant has free books which you can borrow whilst waiting for your dining companion(s) to turn up. Or if they turn out to be very boring.

~ My dream restaurant is just a short roll to the nearest transport option to take me home. It’s the perfect postprandial walking distance to my house (or I could just use the teleporter).

~ My dream restaurant doesn’t require upwards of a month’s wages to dine there.

What would your dream restaurant look like? And tell me, have you found MY dream restaurant? If so spill, I need to make reservations asap.

-Rachel

If you’re also one for flights of fancy, do you agree with My Dream Airport? How about My Dream Hotel Room? Or Travel Companion?

Linking up with Emma, Angie and Jamie for this month’s travel link up.

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  1. 1st November 2016 / 00:08

    all my gluten-free favorites and an endless champagne bar? sounds like a dream to me 🙂 let me know when you find this magical place. [I also dislike when the AC is so cold I can’t even enjoy my meal. brrrr!]

    • 1st November 2016 / 12:01

      Jamie, I’m still searching but enjoying myself a lot in the process 🙂 (except for when I get the arctic AC. Then I’m not happy at all). And champagne is always a good idea!

  2. 1st November 2016 / 07:37

    I love this post Rachel! If you find that dream restaurant can you let me know cos i am going to book a table every week for a year!!

    My favourite restaurant this year was one in Croatia just outside Dubrovnik it had good food and the most amazing views over the Adriatic at sunset!

    • 1st November 2016 / 12:02

      Yes, me too! In fact I may never leave. I’ll see you at the bar 🙂

      That restaurant sounds beautiful. Croatia is so gorgeous, isn’t it? I’ve never made it down to Dubrovnik but I have no doubt it’s just as beautiful as the rest of the country. I need to get out there asap!

  3. 1st November 2016 / 12:47

    well i just adore this post idea along with the rest of the ones you’ve written. seriously why is it so difficult to find said dream restaurant. oh to have that view, too 🙂 and maybe a big ol dirty burger 🙂

    xoxo cheshire kat

    • 1st November 2016 / 17:14

      Ahh glad you liked it! I’m always up for a bit of a daydream. I don’t understand why this restaurant doesn’t exist already? Especially the teleporter bit. I mean is it really so hard.

      The view was incredible at that restaurant – it would only have been improved by a big ol’ dirty burger!

  4. 1st November 2016 / 14:02

    This made me lol. Especially the comfy chairs – SO TRUE. I’ve only found 1 or 2 of these restaurants in my life and one of them is Zen Mondo, a tiny Japanese restaurant on Upper Street, in Islington. It’s not flashy, but it’s authentic, Japanese home cooking in a lovely, dimly-lit, classy and cozy room. John and I absolutely love it. If it was within walking distance of our new(ish) house, I’d go more often, but alas, we usually head to our favorite neighborhood pub and Italian restaurant nowadays.

    • 1st November 2016 / 23:23

      Is it just me or are we Old Ladies now who require Proper Seating?! That Japanese restaurant sounds great, authentic is always best. Islington is becoming quite the foodie destination – perhaps it always was and I’m just oblivious – but there are a load of great gluten free eateries moving into the area. Also it’s near St Pancras which is where I come into the city so it’s all very convenient!

  5. 1st November 2016 / 14:09

    Gluten free waffles, croissants, burgers (with buns!!!), pies, wood-fired pizza, lasagna, I think I’m in heaven!!

    • 1st November 2016 / 23:24

      Croissants! Ohh I’d forgotten about those, it’s been so long since I’ve had one. Lasagna is always top of my list because it’s such a faff to make at home. Oh and I’ll add churros and doughnuts to the list while I’m there. Ugh gluten free comfort food is so hard to find!

  6. 1st November 2016 / 14:24

    This all sounds heavenly… especially the part of having dinner with anyone you want. How amazing would that be.
    But the books & a good loo? you are my kinda thinkin’ girl.

    • 1st November 2016 / 23:25

      I like to mix an element of practicality in with being totally off in lala land! Nothing ruins a restaurant like a dodgy loo experience. Although I’ve just thought of a downside to the books idea which is that they’d have to let you take the unfinished book home with you so you could finish reading it, or it would be an ultimately very frustrating exercise.

    • 1st November 2016 / 23:26

      Yes!! The dessert menu is key. Also my dream restaurant doesn’t spell it ‘desert’. Grammar mistakes ruin a restaurant for me!

  7. Jen
    1st November 2016 / 15:23

    I always look forward to your posts and this time is no different!

    • 1st November 2016 / 23:27

      Haha I’m glad you look forward to a dose of my madness Jen! That’s very benevolent of you 🙂

    • 1st November 2016 / 23:27

      Yes, the view can elevate an otherwise mediocre experience into something wonderful. Case in point, Santorini!

  8. 1st November 2016 / 22:35

    Great list!!! I would also say that they need to at least HAVE air conditioning! It’s still blistering hot here in Nashville and occasionally we’ll go to a restaurant where you’re actually sweating the instant you walk in. I think of that when thinking of restaurants. If I go more than once and it’s hot in there, I probably won’t ever go back.

    • 1st November 2016 / 23:30

      Haha, yes! That would really put me off returning as well. Does it get cold in Nashville ever? I might go back then but definitely not if it’s always mild/hot.

      Not many restaurants have air conditioning here in the UK, because it’s rarely hot enough. But during those few days in the summer where it’s sweltering, you really do need it. We met up with some friends in Bangkok a little while ago and one was 8 months pregnant, when asked where she wanted to eat she said she didn’t care as long as it had AC! Fair enough, I thought!

  9. 1st November 2016 / 22:55

    Yes I definitely agree with you on the points you made, also that picture is just stunning! Your blog is really lovely, I am so glad I have found it, keep up the wonderful work pretty lady! x

    adelelydia.blogspot.com

    • 1st November 2016 / 23:31

      Thanks Adele! You’re too kind 🙂 The picture was from a restaurant in Santorini called Ambrosia. The main course I had was just ok, but the pudding was delicious and the view divine so I recommend it on that basis alone!

  10. 1st November 2016 / 23:18

    Haha, I feel like I am so picky when it comes down to choosing a restaurant! I am always scrolling their photos on Yelp and determining whether or not their food looks good and if it looks like a nice atmosphere there. Somehow, I still find it difficult to find exactly what I am looking for. Great post!

    • 1st November 2016 / 23:32

      Yeah I do the same thing. The internet can be dangerous sometimes! It doesn’t help that I’m so fickle when it comes to my reasons to reject somewhere, and that I just found the channel for Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares on Youtube… Now there’s an education…

  11. 1st November 2016 / 23:19

    The books idea, now that’s brilliant!! I also vote in support of decent bathrooms. Here bathrooms might look something more like walking through the food prep area to a little cement room with a hose and a hole in the floor…and I’ll never not wish for simply a nice bathroom. A sink, soap, and mirrors, even! Of course good food matters, and I’m a bit of a picky eater so I don’t make it all that easy

    • 1st November 2016 / 23:35

      Yes! Although I then realised it would have to be a permanent loan situation otherwise you’d just get to a good bit, your companion would arrive, and you’d have to give the book back. At that point I’d probably be quite grumpy and not good dining company!

      Oh that bathroom sounds like a horror. I still remember the fear of ‘footsteps’ loos in France during our holidays there when I was a child, which I think have been largely phased out now (luckily). I’ve still never figured them out. That would be a hard pass from me I’m afraid, diva-ish as that sounds!

  12. 1st November 2016 / 23:20

    This list is awesome!
    If you ever find this place let us know :p
    I haven’t found my “dream” restaurant, but I do have a favourite – it’s called Allegro’s – awesome Italian food, comfy seats, cozy atmosphere (although it’s not gluten free and the service is sometimes just a little lacking – it can take a while to be served!) but for now it will do!

    Lauren xx
    laurenloveslaughter.blogspot.com.au

    • 1st November 2016 / 23:37

      Oh I’ll definitely let you know! You should be able to teleport in no bother 🙂

      I find Italian restaurants can be a bit hit and miss here, but when they’re good they’re excellent. We have the largest Italian diaspora in the UK in my town so we’ve got a few good ones to choose from. Sadly not many do gluten free though… Which is funny because Italy is great for gluten free. Ah well!

  13. 2nd November 2016 / 09:59

    Oooh I hate it when restaurants are too loud to hear half the conversation! It’s like, I came here to talk, not to stare at my friends while eating. UGH!

    • 7th November 2016 / 14:30

      Yes! I feel like such an old person, leaning in to listen and with a constant look of confusion on my face. I’m laughing at the vision of you staring at your friends eat with a big ol’ din carrying on around you!

  14. 2nd November 2016 / 17:48

    A thousand times yes to finding a restaurant that has the perfect portion size! I hate eating out and getting one plate of something and then feeling completely stuffed afterward! And waiters that don’t hover, but know exactly when to serve your food or when they’re needed is a rare thing indeed! Also a champagne bar in the bathroom would be the best way to ditch a bad dinner date! Let me know when you find this restaurant because I definitely want to go there too!

    • 7th November 2016 / 14:31

      Yes absolutely! That awful feeling when you realise yep, I’ve overdone it again. Or when you have to unbutton your clothes! That’s never good. And if the book selection doesn’t enable you to ditch a bad dinner companion then a champagne bar in the bathroom would be the perfect alternative, you’re right! I’ll let you know when I find the holy grail, don’t worry. You can teleport in and join me 🙂

  15. 3rd November 2016 / 06:15

    You forgot to mention something… my dream restaurant would allow me to indulge, yet I wouldn’t feel guilty because all of the food would magically be zero calories!
    That view in your picture…breathtaking!

    • 7th November 2016 / 14:32

      See now I thought about that and then I realised that if this was my dream restaurant, then I’d be eating there basically all the time. In which case I wouldn’t want to do all that eating and then actually *starve*. That would be the ultimate irony. Perhaps highly reduced calories? With extra superfood bits so it’s genuinely excellent for you?

  16. 3rd November 2016 / 19:12

    i laughed so hard at the book if your dining partner is boring. but really, lets invent the teleporter-slash-time machine thingy. and i am with erin, i want zero calories heart healthy food that tastes like a zillion calorie heart bad food! haha.

    • 7th November 2016 / 14:34

      We’ve all considered it at one point or another! Someone needs to get on the teleporter asap because it’s essential. I just said to Erin that calorie free would be great in theory, but I would want to eat there all the time and therefore wouldn’t want to actually waste away due to all that calorie free food. There’s logic in there somewhere.

  17. 4th November 2016 / 17:03

    great set of criteria! totally need a dirty burger from time to time – in fact this weekend!

    • 7th November 2016 / 14:35

      I thought so! A dirty burger sounds like just what I need right now. I’m trying to be good at the moment but there’s only so long I can hold out for… I hope your dirty burger hit the spot!

  18. 5th November 2016 / 13:33

    Love this take on the link up! All of those sound dreamy. I love nothing better than a view with my dinner!

    • 7th November 2016 / 14:36

      I thought so too 🙂 views just make things amazing. The food at that restaurant in Santorini wasn’t the best I’ve ever had but I’ll certainly remember that meal for the rest of my days!

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