Traveling is a great way to try new foods and cuisines, but there are also plenty of disappointing meals out there.
One user on Reddit wondered: “What’s a destination you’ve visited that had disappointing food?”
Here are the top responses.
Many users were split between whether or not Norway had good food. Many stated that homecooked Norwegian food was way better than anything you could eat out.
One foodie shared: “Expectations were not great, but after several visits lately I have to say Norway. There are of course some highlights, but decent restaurants are long in-between and, even as a Swede, I must say that food culture is abysmal. Not to mention the prices…”
One user shared: “As a Norwegian having lived in Canada for 4 years i have to agree sadly. Norwegian restaurants kinda suck. But I do think Norwegian homecooked food is amazing in its own right, just does not translate well to a restaurant experience imo.”
One traveler shared: “The Bahamas. Beautiful place, but we were expecting dinners of fresh, scrumptious seafood. Instead, a lot of canned goods. Boring and tasteless food, for the most part.”
Many users commented that the experience could be because of WHERE they were eating which might have affected their trip by sharing: “At a hotel or local restaurant? Hotels will fly in fresh food and often aren’t reflections of local food.”
One user shared: "The food in Switzerland was not good at all..we really tried and did research before each meal too but even so it was “okay” at best!!"
While many applauded Italy for having such fantastic food for even the most basic dishes, there were plenty of didn’t agree.
One traveler warned: “Good Italian food is transcendent, but I always warn people that it's easy to get served a lot crappy tourist food over there if you don't ask about specials and such. At least in the more touristy areas.”
One Redditor shared: "The Philippines. Everything was so sweet!! Definitely, the least favourite Asian cuisine I’ve experienced to date." Another user chimed in: "Their dishes are big on organ meats, which I am not a big fan of. They also like to put vinegar in everything. Either the food taste very vinegary or very sweet."
One local foodie shared: “I moved here, and it's really difficult to find good quality, tasty food. Why I say so? Because locals have very low standards. We went to several "authentic" places with high ratings and thousands of happy customers, only to realize that the food tastes nothing like truly authentic food (we would be okay if it was even average). Thus, you can find good places only by word of mouth, only from people who traveled and tried good stuff. I am a big foodie, and I love trying new stuff, but in NL, we got disappointed so many times that I really stopped trying.”
Another user agreed, sharing: “Agree The Netherlands by far. I lived there for 5 years and I stopped going out for dinner, I rather have friends at my place.”
One traveler shared: "I wasn’t expecting much but it was still bad. Beautiful country, wonderful people, pretty terrible food."
One traveler shared their experience: “Okinawa is up there. Santiago Chile tops them though. They have absolutely nothing to offer in cuisine. They just drown everything, and I mean EVERYTHING in mayo. And I LOVE MAYO. It's horrible what they've done to us, really some damage to our relationship. Will need some therapy.”
While another user agreed saying: “Same, I just went on a whole rant in a reply above. The only two things I couldn't eat twice were natto and bitter melon.”
One user shared: "Cuba stands out to me for being bland and tasteless in all types of restaurants we visited. The food is usually too greasy/too sweet and too much focused on portion sizes over the taste there."
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