How to choose a good local food restaurant
Balinese food Nasi Goreng
  • Post last modified:2020-07-09
  • Post category:Travel planning

How to choose a good local food restaurant

When traveling we like to discover everything about the place we are visiting. We love to walk on the streets of new cities, meet local people, know their culture and traditions, but also try the food in a local restaurant.

There are times when we can’t decide where to have lunch or dinner and this becomes even more complicated when it comes to choosing a good restaurant with traditional local food.

Here are some tips on how to choose a good local restaurant:

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Research about the local food

Asian food at Telok Ayer Hawker Centre - Singapur

The first thing we do is do some research on local food before we travel to a place. There are a lot of blogs dedicated to writing these kinds of posts and a lot of online information in general.

We try to research the typical dishes of the country or the area, to know what to ask for when we want to taste local food and also about the restaurants that other travelers recommend.

Search for recommendations online

Even if you are already there, you can get information by searching for nearby restaurants in Google or in applications such as Tripadvisor, Yelp, etc.

In these applications, users recommend restaurants, you can see the ratings, opinions of other customers, prices, and sometimes even the menu.

There are restaurants that have certain recognitions by some of these platforms. They are very easy to locate because they usually have a sticker on the door that says “establishment recommended by…” or something similar.

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Ask the locals

Lebanese food in a restaurant in Singapore

By asking the locals you can find out where the best places are.

In our opinion, this can be the best option. If you ask the locals about the restaurants that serve traditional food, they will not only recommend you the restaurants that serve the best food, but they will surely recommend you cheap places because that’s where they eat.

Don’t forget that touristy restaurants, the most popular and the most centrally located ones are more expensive than the local ones.

Avoid empty restaurants

The best trick to know if a restaurant is good is to check if there is a lot of people eating in the restaurant.

An empty restaurant doesn’t catch our attention at all.

You can even look ( without being seen ) what people eat and also if they are locals or tourists. If your goal is to taste the best local food, you should eat where the locals eat.

Check the menu before

Nasi Goreng Balinese food plate

Another thing that can help you choose the restaurant that best suits your search is to check the menu.

There are plenty of restaurants that show the menu at the door or even on the tables of the terrace. This way you can know what they serve and also see the prices.

These are our tips for choosing a good local food restaurant. They usually work for us.

It’s true that sometimes we are very hungry, we walk into any place and then we realize that it’s not what we were looking for or that the price is over our budget, but we are trying to improve.

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