When I order from a menu, I'm nearly almost always an optimiser. It's as if there's a multiple-axis scale I want to fulfil: Craving, Healthy, Tasty, Value, Variety... etc. This means I take forever to figure out what I want at a restaurant.
I frequently go for anything slow-cooked (I may not have the time) or something cooked with specific equipment, or exotic ingredients I wouldn't be able to get or prepare on the same scale.
I tend to analyse the menu to figure out the kitchen inventory and what's special about the Specials.
Talk about analysis paralysis!
My boyfriend is the 'tried and tested', or 'utterly uncharted territory'. That's his value proposition.
What's your menu ordering style?
Do you enjoy strategising or analysing when ordering food?