My wife and I have learned to synchronize and we're both pretty quick now. We usually arrive at a new restaurant with a plan - we know what kind of food we are in the mood for, we know if we are getting multiple dishes and splitting things, that kind of thing.
It can take me ages to choose. Plus I have a strange thing if someone else at the table also wants the same thing as me I have to choose something else - I don't think there should be more than one of any dish on the table. I really don't know why I think like this!
I can choose fairly quickly as I go to particular places for their cuisine, Check out the specials board/menu and make a decision, If it is a new place then it takes more time to choose, because if the meal is not so good then Im not likely to go back. Some places I have not gotten passed one dish it was so fabulous!
It depends. I can immediately eliminate all dishes with birds and animals or cream sauce as well as anything breaded/deep fried. After that I look for something spicy or strongly flavoured with lots of vegetables.
It doesn't take me long at all. If I see a favourite food, but really, I just know what I like. I used to have a friend who took ages to order and then ages to eat it !!! Some of our group would just have to leave at the end of the meal as we all had other appointments and couldn't wait !!! There was usually one of us who would sit with her whilst she ate ( slowly).
It depends how long the menu is! I also like to choose something I would never cook at home, something unusual. We don't dine our much, just for birthdays. We have a very good restaurant now, a 5 min walk from where we live.They only have 5 choices in each section, which I like the idea of. My husband & I have had our last 2 birthdays each, there.