Monday, September 7, 2009

A Diner-Unfriendly Menu

Komi is one of those restaurants that turns me off. I have a few friends that have had good meals at this Washington, D.C. eatery, but I find the restaurant's dinner menu annoying for a few reasons.

1. A menu should be easy to read. We all lead busy lives; give us an online menu that we can skim at a glance. That's why this menu flunks. As thrilled as I am to know that the owners of Komi can use a scanner, some words can be tough to read even when they are written in pretty good handwriting. Use Helvetica, not your hand.

2. Don't handcuff your diners. Take Komi's current dinner menu, for example. Five entrees are not much of a selection, but five wouldn't be a problem if it weren't for the fact that 4 of the 5 entrees are designated "for two." The only entree that isn't designated for two is a veggie item. Different people have different tastes. Don't handcuff us into begging one of our fellow diners to have the same entree we want to have.

A restaurant as expensive as Komi should be more diner-friendly by offering better menu choices.

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