Three magic words could get you the best bang for your buck when it comes to ordering wine on your next night out, according to Gordon Ramsay.
The celebrity chef recommends asking your waiter for the “bin end list.” According to the Mail Online, this means bottles with peeling or scratched labels, vintages that will soon be taken off the menu or wines the restaurant is having a hard time selling. Ramsay says this will ensure you get the best value bottle.
“We have a fear about talking to sommeliers because you think you’re going to be ripped off,” Ramsay said. “So get the sommelier to come up with a great glass or great bottle and give him a price. And make sure it’s under $30.”
This is just one of Ramsay’s three golden rules for eating at restaurants, which the Michelin star chef himself just recently revealed.
Hey, if you’re going to take anyone’s advice about dining out, it might as well be the guy who makes a living hollering at restaurateurs and would-be chefs until they do better.
Ramsay's other recommendations include “avoid specials” and “be suspicious of ridiculous boasts.”
“Specials are there to disappear throughout the evening,” said Ramsay. “When they list 10 specials, that’s not special.”
When it comes to ridiculous boasts, Ramsay means when restaurants describe menu items as “famous,” “iconic” or “best in the UK.”
“They start coming up with these terminologies, saying ‘and the wicked, famous, best in the country profiteroles.’ Who said that? Who named that?”
Ramsay’s final (arguably most controversial) tip is to make a reservation for a larger party than you’ll actually be. In other words, book a table for three people even if you’re only two. That way, the restaurant is less likely to place you “in the corner like a doorstop.”