May to August 2019 IELTS Speaking Topic #17 Describe a time that you invited family or friends to have dinner at home or in a restaurant

Describe a time that you invited family or friends to have dinner at home or in a restaurant
You should say:
When you invited them
Where you had the dinner
Who you invited
And explain whether you enjoyed the dinner

Several months ago, I booked a private room of a popular restaurant in the downtown to celebrate my father’s birthday. It was also a family gathering. My family members got together for my father and a reunion as well. I hoped it would be a nice dinner, but this restaurant offered slow service. Worse still, I heard a loud noise from the neighboring room. It sounded like some people were were arguing over something. Feeling annoyed, I complained about this to the waiter and the manager. I asked for several times and they promised to coordinate but nothing took effect.

Nevertheless, the food was good at least. And considering that we were busily engaged in our work or study and had virtually little time sitting down and talking to each other, we cherished this opportunity very much. We had nice food and sang birthday song for my father together. Hence, though something was not as wonderful as I had expect, we still had a pleasant family dinner overall.


Do Chinese people like to eat at home or dine out?
I suppose most Chinese people prefer to eat at home because we are usually family oriented. Cooking and eating at home may make us feel very close to our immediate relatives.

What are the differences of food Chinese people have in festival?
We have different food in festival because of different origins and legends of each festival. For example, we eat rice dumplings in Dragon Festival to memorize Qu yuan, an great patriotic poet. He committed suicide by drowning himself in a river so that people made rice dumplings for him, throwing them into the river.

Why more and more people love to eat out(at the restaurant) rather than eat at home?
I think it is related to the modern fast-paced life. Many people do not have enough patience to cook at home as you have to spend much time making preparations. By contrast, eating at the restaurant means you do not need to pick food material ahead of time. So it is more convenient and you can enjoy extra service.

Which one is better? Eat at home or at the restaurant?
Well, personally I’d like to eat at home rather than restaurant so I suppose eating at home is better. Eating the majority of your meals at home is the quickest way to eat healthier. Moreover, the time you spend in preparing meals is wonderful as well.

Which is more expensive? Why people love to go to the restaurant to eat?
Generally speaking, eating at the restaurant cost more as it including service charge. Yet many people love to go to the restaurant because it is convenient and sometimes they can have more delicious meals than at home, especially if no one in your family are good at cooking.

In the future, will people all eat at restaurant?
Nope. I think some people like me would still like to cooking at home. For us, it is worth the time and trouble because it is healthier and more enjoyable. Preparing food at home helps your wallet and your relationship with people and food.

Why do you think some people choose to be vegetarians?
Is the food that people eat today in China different to the food that people used to eat in the past? (If yes, in what ways has it changed?)

Yes, I think there are some small changes. Some people in China are having a more western diet compared to the past. For example, more and more people like to eat some western food such as hamburgers. This may because that globalization is making our world more connected.

How do you think the way we eat will change in the future?
I think people tend to eat in a healthier way in the future as more and more people are calling for adopting a healthy living style.

Is American-style ‘fast food’ popular in China? (Why? Popular with whom?)
Yes, it is. You can see KFC and McDonalds in every city of China, which shows how popular American-style fast food is in China. Children like this kind of food the most, because they are more likely to attracted by the novelty of eating something different from the things they usually have.

On the other hand, millions of people in the world don’t have enough to eat why do you think that is?
I understand not all the people in the world live happily. Poverty exists in many areas, wars keep happening, terrorism is still bothering. These are all the reasons that makes people have no food to eat.