Editorial: Food reviews with a side of opinion

August 02, 2014

Yesterday my friend told me he was chatting with his friend on the subject of food reviews when they both named this popular food blog in Singapore and how they do not like that it merely lists places to eat, e.g. Top 10 Brunches in Singapore, but has no actual reviews. She then told my friend she reads the Alexis instead. When I heard that I was delighted!

I'm always pleased whenever a stranger or a friend's friend tells me they've read my blog, or have come across it while trying to look for a restaurant or cafe. I'm even happier to find that it's the go-to blog for at least 1 person over the most popular one in SG. 

See, sometimes my opinions might be lost among all the posts because they are all good food recommendations. In fact, someone likened my blog to Michael Bay movies recently -- it's all just babes and explosions -- and that stung a little, even if its does seem so. If you read every review in one sitting expecting a narrative, sorry pal.
Another blogger recently condemned  bloggers who only write good reviews, which includes me. Thing is, I don't write about bad food experiences or restaurants unless it is really truly horrible with no redeeming factors because I don't want to waste the energy on those (even if they get me more web traffic). If it's an invited tasting, I give private feedback and choose not to lambast it on the blog so they can improve with constructive feedback.

I believe that restauranteurs and chefs do not wake up wanting to serve bad food to people. But there could be a whole lot of reasons why things could go wrong and who are we to nitpick on everything?

I think Anton Ego from Ratatouille says it best:
"In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little, yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face, is that in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so."
Even though our opinions might not be much, it is still better to have some than none. Which is why within my reviews, I will always try to list the ones that should be ordered over those that can be skipped, if there is. And that's my personal taste preference. Which is very subjective, as everyone knows. But perhaps you might share the same taste preference as me, in which case I've already helped you decide between some of the items on the menu.

It was that comment from a friend of a friend that inspired this post and spurred me on to continue to give my honest, personal opinions when it comes to food and everything else. I'm thankful for all the support from all of you as well. Do let me know if there's anything else I can do to improve!

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