For many people dining out simply has to be a social experience and so to sit alone at a restaurant table would just be unbearably awkward.
To dine without company, looking as if you have either been blown out by your date or werent able to get one in the first place, is perhaps not the best way to stimulate ones appetite.
But a Dutch restaurant is attempting to challenge the assumption of that good food must be enjoyed with friends by only setting tables for one.
Eenmaal is a pop-up restaurant that opened in Amsterdam on June 27, serving high-class food but only to solitary diners.
The idea is to try and break the stigma that has become attached to dining alone and prove that a great meal is best appreciated without conversation.
The woman behind the idea, Marina van Goor said: Eenmaal is just like any other excellent restaurant but totally unique in one thing: it only has tables to seat one person.
It is the perfect place to dine in pleasant solitude; an exciting experiment for those who never go out for dinner alone and an attractive place to eat for those who already enjoy doing so.