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How to Order Like a Pro in a Steakhouse

Tips on how to order steak like an expert

When you go to a steakhouse or a restaurant, you do so to get a meal that will truly enjoy. After all, it's you who is footing the bill. You can’t really allow steak elitists, chefs, and so-called foodies to dictate what you should and shouldn’t be eating. At least, that's how most people look at the things, especially when they're on a trip or a vacation. You want to truly let yourself go.

Yet it’s also true that if you don’t know what to order in a steakhouse, you may end up wasting your money. This is especially true if you happen in a holiday destination that you don't know much about. The more informed you are, the more likely it is that you get your money’s worth, and that’s always a more palatable situation for everyone.

Cooking steaks on a grill
When you go to a steakhouse in your home town or your holiday location,
it's good to know some tips on how to order steak like an expert.

So we’ve pooled the advice of the best chefs in the world, and here is what they have to say regarding your steakhouse orders:

Don’t Ask for a Well Done Steak

This is perhaps the most often-quoted rule of them all when you ask chefs. Yes, it’s true that you do have the right to your own personal preferences when it comes to steaks. If you prefer it well done, then of course, you can order for a well-done steak. We are guided by belief that the key to enjoying yourself in a steakhouse bar & grill is to order what you like.

The problem is that when you’re dining out, steaks are expensive. This is especially true when you pick a great steakhouse where they’re especially picky about the quality of the steak they serve. And when you order a well-done steak, you get a piece of meat that’s basically the same quality that you from the grocery and cooked at home.

When the steak is well-done, you’ve basically ruined the quality of the cut, which the farmers and the butcher have worked so hard to achieve. All that work and dedication has been set aside and ignored. So if you really like your steak well-done, perhaps you should just stick to dining in your home. You save yourself a lot of money, and you save the farmers, butchers, and chefs a lot of grief.

Ignore the Kobe Beef Burger

That’s because the burger isn’t really Kobe beef at all. The same goes if the restaurant says that their burger is wagyu beef.

Real Kobe and wagyu beef are rare. That’s why they’re so expensive, and most of the time you’re only served tiny portions even if you can afford it. When you’re at a place that says they have “affordable” Kobe or wagyu beef, that’s because the beef isn’t really Kobe or wagyu.

Beef steak meal
Placing your steak order right will mean that you will enjoy a sumptuous meal at your
favourite steakhouse, or at a restaurant in your favourite holiday destination.

Order the Composed Dishes as They Are

In top restaurants, great chefs are celebrated because they can choose the best ingredients that go together so nicely. They exert a lot of time and effort in discovering these combinations of ingredients. So don’t try to “customize” the menu. You’re in a steakhouse, and not in a pizza parlor. The chef knows what they’re doing, and they most likely know more about food than you do.

Of course, you can ask about substituting one ingredient for another if you’re allergic to a particular ingredient. But if you’re not, let it be. Trust the chef instead.

Avoid Fish on Mondays

Most restaurants order a lot of fresh fish to accommodate the increased orders during the weekend. So they order the fresh fish on Thursday or Friday. However, the fish only keeps for 3 days, so on Monday, they aren’t all that fresh anymore. These restaurants tend to toss whatever fish is left on Tuesdays, so that’s when you can order fresh fish again.

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