It's long been my strategy, when dining at a restaurant that is new to me but for which I have high hopes, to order the most unusual thing I can find. Way back in the 1970s, when I was in college, I went to a Japanese place in Greenwich Village in New York. I ordered sushi. The waitress almost refused to bring it to me. I loved it. Another time, in Chinatown, I ordered jellyfish appetizer and eel for the main course. The waiter looked at me and said "oh! You like CHINESE food". It was a good meal. (I love eel; jellyfish is more of a once in a while thing). And just yesterday, in a Thai restaurant, I ordered an appetizer of raw shrimp. It was excellent, and not like anything I've had before.
Sometimes this leads to something I don't like; more often, it expands my horizons.
Curious as to what other Hounds do.