DON’T PUT STOPWATCH ON DINING EXPERIENCE
FRIENDS from overseas tell me that in Britain, it is becoming the trend for restaurants to allow patrons to have a table only for an hour and a half.
The implications are too horrible to contemplate. We already live in a world where regular family meals are a thing of the past and we are surrounded by a takeaway food culture.
There is a difference between eating and dining. Dining is a celebration; it is leisure, food, wine, company, conversation and fellowship. It creates community and offers friendship, comfort and support and strengthens relationships. It’s civilising. The famous long French lunch is testimony to this. And because those things are important, they require time. Let’s hope this anti-social trend does not catch on in Australia.
Phillip Turnbull Cornelian Bay