Why You Will Never Afford to Eat at a Fancy Restaurant

Saturday nights are dinner date nights for my husband, Nicole, and I. Even though we’re together almost 24/7 since we got married ten months ago, we realized that we needed this time to detach from our routine, and bond over food.

Last Saturday, we went to Pho Hwitta, a Vietnamese restaurant. Nicole and I were excited to satisfy our Vietnamese craving since we haven’t eaten this cuisine for the past seven months we’ve been in Bali. I already knew what to order: Beef Pho (Beef Noodle Soup), Prawn Spring Rolls, and Pad Thai Chicken (Thai Fried Noodles).

The waiter served the Pad Thai and Prawn Spring Rolls first. We were so hungry that we devoured the food in minutes. I followed up our Beef Pho when we were almost done eating. I wondered why it was taking longer because they only had two other customers apart from us. It turned out that the waiter failed to get our order. We were waiting for nothing.

I was still starving. I felt annoyed. But, I did not complain because the Pad Thai and Spring Rolls were underwhelming. They weren’t on par with the price they were charging. Eventually, I felt a sense of relief that I don’t have to pay for another over-priced dish. Since I was still hungry, we decided to hop to another restaurant.

We decided to go to Biah Biah, the only restaurant I know that serves Clear Chicken Noodle Soup. While walking toward Biah Biah, Madu – a well-light and busy restaurant, caught our attention.

Every morning for seven months, I’d pass by Madu after my yoga class. Even though it was still closed, it stands out from the street because of its rustic facade and interiors. I’ve always wondered how much their food cost. Since the place is beautiful, I assumed that it was an expensive restaurant. I never dared to go there nor even considered eating there.

But that night, I was drawn to it. The waiter who was welcoming people to the restaurant handed me their menu. To my surprise, they served Indonesia food that wasn’t expensive at all. Pho Hwitta was pricier than this.

Even though the restaurant was full, I felt taken-cared. We were offered seats while waiting for a table to become available. Another waiter offered us a menu and patiently answered our questions about the different soups they serve. A few minutes after, we were ushered to our table on the second floor by another waiter who was all smiles.

With the number of customers they had, I thought that it would take them at least 20 minutes to serve our soup. I was wrong. In just about 10 minutes, I got my Beef Soup. It was delicious. The beef broth soup was so rich. The meatballs and beef brisket were soft. Nicole an I raved about it the entire time until we finished eating it. We ordered Black Rice Pudding for dessert. It arrived in less than 5 minutes. Just the same, it was mind-blowing.

We left the place amazed on our experience – great food, service and ambiance at an affordable price. This is the go-to place to eat Indonesian food.

The same goes for life. We operate on assumptions that hinder us from growing, widening our perspective and experiencing new things.

Yoga is only for flexible females.
Meditation is for monks who live in the mountains.
Traveling is only for the rich.

These were my assumptions until I experienced them. No. No. And, no. These aren’t facts but baseless assumptions that I’ve proven to be untrue just like my assumption that Madu is an expensive restaurant.

Imagine the statements we tell ourselves,

Studying abroad is only for rich kids.
Only techie people can start an e-commerce business.
Only rich people can eat at fancy restaurants.

Are these facts or mere assumptions?

I urge you to challenge your assumptions.

Pick one thing that you’ve been dreaming of doing but find it impossible to do. Say, travel solo, lose 10 kilos of body weight or start a YouTube Channel.

Next, list down the reasons why you think you cannot do them. Say, it is expensive to travel. Or I cannot stand eating bland and boring food. Or video editing is only for techie people.

Now, ask yourself. Are these rational statements or simply assumptions that you have? Have you done your due diligence to see if there are any basis on these statements? How much does it cost to travel solo? Is eating bland and boring food the only way to lose weight? Is video editing that technical of a job that you can’t learn?

The assumptions that we have are what hinders us from pursuing whatever it is we want to do in life. Instead of finding ways to hit our goals – travel solo, lose weight, start a YouTube Channel, they stop us.

Unless we challenge them, we’ll forever think that only rich people can eat at fancy restaurants.

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