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Food is life. That is given. Apart from traveling, I would lavishly spend money on food if I wanted to because I believe I can. Besides, it's my way of rewarding myself after a difficult week. If I want to, I can go to fancy places. It's just that my practical side takes precedence over my stubborn side most of the time.
Whenever I plan to visit a fancy place or buy fancy food, my mind tends to process several thoughts, including budgeting and saving, which can sometimes thwart my plans for some self-indulgence. Oftentimes, when in front of a restaurant checking the menus and prices, my mind would say, "with that $100 price, I could buy more food in other restaurants." Or "With that $100 price, I could buy food and dinner." So most of the time, I ended up going to the usual places and eating the usual food. Because why not? There are far more important things to consider than spoiling myself with food when I can simply buy one that will satisfy my stomach.
However, there are times when I don't care about prices, especially when I am curious about the food inside a restaurant or want to try something new because I am tired of eating the same set of foods. I'm referring to my holidays.
My curiosity drove me to try a new restaurant and sample one of its specialties one day. Would you believe me if I say that I ate more than a hundred dollar worth of Italian pasta? This is true. And I shared about it on Foodies Bee Hive. You can click the link if you want to read it.
This set of food, Italian spaghetti, and iced tea was worth HK$180. Well, if you don't want to believe it, you can check the Pazta restaurant's menu here.
This was to feed my curiosity and to know how does a HK$130 worth of spaghetti taste like. The tea was HK$50 by the way which is enough to buy a complete meal set in other restaurants.
I was curious as to why the pasta was so expensive, so I tried it. Furthermore, the restaurant's settings and architecture left a great impression on me. As a result, my expectations for their food were also high. Unfortunately, it fell short of my expectations, leaving me with disappointments and regrets.
The food did not taste the way I expected it to. I even thought the recent food I cooked, udon in tomato sauce, is better than this Italian spaghetti. So I definitely felt like I had squandered a lot of money by trying this pasta and satisfying my curiosity.
I understand that there are factors that influence high food prices in most Hong Kong restaurants, such as rent and location, but that was too much for a single serving of ordinary pasta. I believe they tacked on some extra charges to the price that did not appear on the receipt. I should have saved the receipt as a souvenir, lol. However, I left it along with my disappointments and regrets.
Should we spend lavishly on food?
Well, there's nothing wrong with lavishing on food as long as it's worthwhile. If I'm going to spend a hundred dollars on food, I'd rather go somewhere where I can have more, yet delightful. That was a lesson to learn. The look of the place and the number of customers in it doesn't define the taste of its foods. Sometimes, most of them are just curious like me as well who want to try the cuisines.
You better eat the ordinary one, yet healthy and delicious, for as long as it will satisfy your stomach. Healthy food, happy yummy 😊.
What about you, what was the most expensive food you ever eat? Were you satisfied, or disappointed?