When was the first time you went to a restaurant? When I was growing up we never ate in restaurants - unless, that is, you count the café in the Co-op department store in Portsmouth where very occasionally we would get a midday meal. I can't remember what it was we ate. First proper restaurant I ever went to was probably aged 18. I was vegetarian and had left home (still living in Portsmouth) and me and my boyfriend used to go to an Indian restaurant in Southsea. This is such a long time ago (1968!) but I can still recall the wonderful dhal with a slice of lemon and the vegetable biryani. This food was a total revelation to me and the beginning of a lifelong love affair with Indian food. What about you - what and where was the first restaurant you remember?