4 Tricks that Restaurants use for you to spend more!
They say that two of life’s greatest pleasures are eating and sleeping! We will not discuss this, but when it comes to eating, the bill at the end of the month can go very high if you go to restaurants frequently. If you do not have the culinary skills that allow you to make good food at home, then at least know some “tricks” applied that can make your spending even bigger!
Every restaurant is known primarily for the quality and creativity of the food it serves. But the final price may vary depending on the location, the service and the disclosure of the establishment.
Also, there are also some tactics that are used for you to spend a little more. Nothing illegal, but it is always good to have an idea of these strategies to try to save a little more.
1. The description of the dish is quite ‘appetizing.’
The trick here is to describe the dish in a very detailed way and use several adjectives that make it special! For example, an acorn steak can be described as a “juicy special beef cut, seasoned with a special spice sauce and enriched with fresh brunoise onions.”
2. Use of photos and colors.
Maybe this does not happen in finer restaurants, but in ‘fast foods’ the use of illustrations makes the food seem irresistible.
Of course, restaurants can not exaggerate. Otherwise, the effect may be the opposite: that of indignation. Whoever was not disappointed by the size of the hamburger you received? Compared to the photo on the menu, it looks like a miniature.
2. The portion size is not indicated.
That happens a lot for ‘inputs’: the portions have no indication of how many units will be served. For the price, you imagine that there will be at least 12 cakes or 10 cod cakes. But in reality, the quantity may be different!
3. Merge well-priced items with cheaper ones.
Usually, the most expensive items are positioned so that you find them first.
Probably these dishes will have a little outlet, but their purpose is another. When you find the cheapest items, you will get the impression that they are a bargain: good dishes for a reasonable price compared to the more expensive ones!
4. Decrease the number of options.
There are already several studies that indicate that the more options available, the more anxious we become. Imagine if you have to choose between 2 dishes that you think will be very good? What if you choose wrong? Are you going to spend money for nothing?
That’s why restaurants try to offer options that lessen the need for choice. The carvery is a good example of this, be it meat or Japanese food.