In the last decade or so, the term “foodie” has popped up into the casual English language. Basically it is in reference to someone who is considered a “trend setter” when it comes to eating the latest popular dishes. Food, like many other areas in life, can go up and down and offer different popular services. Clothing has different trends, vehicles have different trends, where to live can be trendy, and the same is true in food. However, Haidar Barbouti really doesn’t care what is trendy or not. All he cares about is providing delicious food that the customer is going to enjoy. That is why he has no intention on going with “foodie fads” and simply instead giving his customers the best taste for the money.
In recent years, chefs have kind of looked away at what the customers want and simply mandated what they would eat. In order to stand out and look original, chefs have started using special ingredients and offer up certain displays that are different than the rest. They didn’t necessarily just go on making something better than the rest of the competition they had to make something different. However, Haidar Barbouti doesn’t want to do this. After a recent trip to Europe he spoke at length to just how delicious the food had been, but the restaurants were not “trendy”. He said he didn’t want to return to the states just to eat at a tapas menu or a wine bar. He went so far as to call tapas nothing more than “leftovers on a F___ing plate.” In order to avoid this kind of lame, popular food, he simply wanted to offer delicious food that people could simply eat and enjoy.
As Haidar Barbouti points out, when someone heads out to a restaurant they want a real cooked meal and not someone painting a few lines on a plate. Often times, when eating at one of the “trendy” restaurants, a diner is going to be hungry an hour later and stop for fast food to make up for it. That should never happen, and if the food is quality and delicious, it is going to provide someone one with a reason to return back. While cooking is an art form, it does not need to be drawn out like a painting. It is how the flavors work together in order to provide a delicious meal.