There's nothing better than to sit across the table from good friends and ponder over the day, upcoming events, or anything else that grabs the shared attention.
Then there's the added components that accentuates the moment. There's the people around you at the other tables, there's the lights, there's the feeling that being among friends brings and then, and then there's the food.
Tell a bit of a story, and where one normally uses and exclamation point insert a bite of incredibly good food. So now the story is good and the food is good and the moment... well, it's to be savored like the bites of goodness that punctuate the conversation - it just doesn't get better than that.