I love a good stat, providing it hasn’t been constructed on a sampling of one hundred (usually indicated by an asterisk and footnote). I recently received a report of the annual survey by restaurant booking company Dimmi of 300,000 diners and 2000 restaurants and have to say I found it as fascinating as a good novel.
It inspired Outrage. -The ACT spends on average 33% more on eating out than the national average. ACT population=our Politicians).
Shame -Queenslanders spend on average $56 a head. Less than the national average of $60 per head. Because we’re tightasses I suspect.
Concern-Only 16 per cent of diners now spend more than $90 per head, compared with 20 per cent a year ago.
Competitiveness: “ Victorians are clearly the most social with 55 per cent of bookings made for three or more people, this stands in contrast with the other states where at least half of all bookings are for two people.” C’mon Queensland, get some more friends!
Self-Righteousness: “When it comes to the hot topic of “no shows” it seems that the further in advance you book, the more likely you are not to turn up. Apparently if you book a month in advance there’s a 20% chance you won’t turn up.-Last minute tables are actually more courteous when it comes to turning up on the night. (I’m always last minute!)
Queasiness: Valentine’s Day remains the most popular day to dine.
Justification: 62 per cent of all bookings are made by women. (see we have to do *everything*).
Surprise: From all the whingeing on UrbanSpoon and the like, it’s nice to see that Australian diners are generally ‘very satisfied’ and rate their experience as 8.4/10.
Feelings of inadequacy: “There has been a 67 per cent annual increase in online bookings. Diners in the ACT and Western Australia are leading the charge when it comes to booking online, closely followed by South Australia and NSW. The convenience of online bookings can be seen in the time of day when these bookings are made, with 55 per cent of online bookings taken when the restaurant is either closed or in the middle of service.” I NEVER book online unless it’s overseas. I don’ t know why. (Except maybe I’m a Queenslander- we don’t seem to even rate a mention in the online bookings yet).
Confusion: ”While there are plenty of dining differences across the states, when it comes to what’s on our plates we are a nation united – Modern Australian and European-style restaurants are still our favourite across the board, with South American, Asian and Indian also making an appearance in the top five cuisines. ” I still don’t know what Mod Aus is.
And just for QLDers, in our fair state, our dining spots are: Brisbane City, Surfers Paradise, South Brisbane, Broadbeach, Milton.
What do you reckon readers?