But it was the anonymity that really bothered them, the accusation being that we did this out of cowardice or to try and have, as he put it, 'dominion' over restaurants. Now I know most of our readers, well the few that we have, aren't as perturbed by this, or would ever be this bothered by the reviews of a couple of amateurs like us, but we thought we would explain our reasons for the anonymity and talk just a little bit more about us, just in case other people may think this is why we are doing it.
We are a couple, who don't work nor have ever worked in the restaurant industry, although we constantly wish we did as we sit in our 9 to 5 jobs thinking about our next meal or gastronomic adventure. We love food, we love restaurants. We are passionate about it and we travel the world for it as often as our bank balance and our annual leave allows.
We started The Greedy Couple to chronicle this, but also because we thought, in honesty, that our opinion would stand up to some other reviewers and that it could hold maybe hold a bit of relevance. We decided to be anonymous because we thought that this was missing in Ireland - it is done a lot in other countries. We think that it is helpful in writing unbiased reviews and we have no interest in getting any special attention in a restaurant. When known critics or food bloggers are in a restaurant they can sometimes get an extra bit of attention, which can impact reviews without even knowing it. So, we think being anonymous might be the best way to do reviews, but we may be wrong as there are a few who write good stuff and are known. The truth is our site could be more popular and maybe even have more readers if we weren't anonymous, so sometimes it can be a pain in the ass, but, for the moment at least, we think this is still the way want to do it.
Another decision we made is that we would try to not just review the meal, but try to review the whole restaurant and attempt to give an overall impression of it. We have tried to make our reviews, a reflection of our experience in each restaurant, a sort of account of what we felt while we were eating there - but at the end of the day they are just our opinions.
Also, we would actually welcome some real constructive feedback on what we are doing, right or wrong, good or bad.