IELTS Essay Sample Questions # Restaurants

You should spend 40 minutes on this task.

Some people believe that restaurants are a waste of time and it is cheaper and healthier to cook at home.

Do you agree or disagree?

You should write at least 250 words.


Home preparation of meals has been the traditional way of consuming meals. However, with changes in our lifestyles, eating habits of most people have seen a clear shift. These developments are often seen in negative light and in my opinion when eating at a restaurant becomes a daily habit, is gloomy for us.

Firstly, the restaurant often offers fast food, which impacts the quality of food. Most often, the methods of preparation are such that they produce maximum benefits to the owners, not taking in much account the health factors for the consumers. Even more, most restaurants offer foods that are quickly prepared. These are the foods prepared using preservatives and colors which often harm the individual.

Secondly, eating at a restaurant on daily basis means longer working hours. Although, eating outside releases the workload on individuals, more so because in present times, the number of women working outside is increasing, it increases stress. The modern lifestyle has increased nuclear families with little to no time left for family bonding. In traditional ways, through making food or sitting over at night, the bond was created. The culture of restaurants does give us food with little effort but takes away the quality time in preparation of food.

Overall, times have changed and the ways of living have as well. However, in the muddled world of ours, if we can choose to eat together and at home, there is a possibility of sanity across humanity.