to Do Your Restaurant Reviews
Follow the assignment closely!
An restaurant review, like any other writing, has to have a specific
audience and purpose, and you must carefully write it to serve that audience and
fulfill that specific purpose. Your audience is the UTEP community (fellow
students, faculty administration and staff). The purpose of your writing
is for others to read on line,. to help them try new eating experiences.
1. At the beginning of
each report, mention
the name and type of restaurant, its address and location, the date of your visit, and
what you (and your companion, if you were with someone) ordered.
Items to observe and questions to ask
when writing a restaurant review include:
a. Location Is it easy to find? What is the neighborhood or surrounding
area like? What does the outside of the building look like?
b. Category -
What type of cuisine is served? Is this a
casual sit-down café, or linen-and-china fine dining? What are the prices like? Is the
inexpensive, moderately priced, expensive, or very expensive? Is one
expected to dress up to eat there?
c. Ambience What type of music, decoration
and lighting does the place have? What kind of customers does it generally attract
(i.e., business people, tourists, students, seniors, young couples on a
date, mall shoppers?)
d. Service Is the staff courteous and friendly? Is the service reasonably
quick? Are they willing to explain unfamiliar menu items if asked?
e. Menu What do you think of the selection? (Be sure to include a brief
evaluation of each section on the menu: appetizers, entrees, desserts, and
f. Hours What are the hours of operation? What meals do
they offer? (Ex. breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch, special events, etc.)
2. How well did you enjoy the restaurant? Use examples to illustrate
the quality of the food and service. Be aware that different cultures and
cuisines may entail different tastes, experiences and expectations from what you
are used to.
3. To sum up, what is your overall
reaction? Would you seek to experience something else like this, in the future or not? Why or why not?
Next time would you invite your family or a friend to eat with you there? Would
you like to invite someone there for a date? If not, to whom would you
NOTE: Reviewing "critically" does not mean
the same thing as "criticizing," in everyday language (complaining or griping,
fault-finding, nit-picking). Your "critique" can and should be positive and
praise the restaurant if possible, as well as pointing out possible problems and shortcomings,
When writing a report
or review, write as an educated adult,
addressing other sophisticated adults and fellow scholars. As a beginning reviewer, if you
write that a restaurant is terrible but other people think that it is great,
readers will probably not agree with you that what you
no good, but they may conclude instead that you are are too immature or uncultured to understand what
a great place this restaurant is.
If you did not like a
restaurant or an event, that is
fine, but criticize it either from principle (it is dirty or too expensive
or too unfriendly, or the service is too slow) or based on the taste or quality
of the food (it
is poorly prepared, is delivered cold, contains too much salt, is too
spicy or too bland, or has too many tomatoes in it). In each of these cases,
not simply criticize, but give specific examples. But, always beware as a
beginning reviewer of criticizing any restaurant, food or event as "weird,"
"strange," "unfamiliar" or "scary," since
your readers might simply conclude that you are too ignorant, simple or
to appreciate it!
religious or cultural restrictions, a diagnosed medical condition or a disability would prohibit you from
successfully completing this assignment as stated, please advise instructor as soon as
possible so you can receive a modified assignment. This exception does not
apply if you are simply a "picky eater," do not wish to spend the
money, or are just scared to go to unfamiliar
Refusal or failure to complete this assignment will mean failure in the
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