Although we are always attracted by something new, we sometimes try something old to enjoy its authenticity. For instance, when a restaurant places an nostalgic vintage signboard outside or when it serves dishes in an ugly pot or on the old-fashioned plates, we infer that the restaurant must have been loved by many people previously. This “old is good” intuition is so strong that it can even distort the quality of the dish.
I recently visited an approximately 15-year old restaurant and ordered a fish soup for two. It was served in a pot that is all wrinkled up. Although this fish soup was neither melted in my mouth nor thoroughly delicious, it was not bad simply because it looked old. Beauty might be more than a skin deep, at least for the dish in a pot. 🙂