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We’ve all got our pet peeves when it comes to food plating, but when salad gets served in a champagne glass, pizza comes to the table on a tyre, or monstrous desserts are perched on top of mason jars, we know that restaurants have gone just a little bit too far.
At FDL HQ we always like to check-in on our Reddit groups to see what’s got people talking (apparently The New Yorker is also with us on this) and out of the million or so discussion forums on the site, We Want Plates takes the pie when we are out for a few good laughs. The good old steak on a chalkboard can bride us at most, but some of the other 'creative’ plating techniques employed by food venues can just be outright wrong - and disgusting.
Over 385,000 subscribers are on this popular forum with the tagline “crusading against serving food on bits of wood and roof tiles, chips in mugs and drinks in jam jars,” and we’re definitely with them on these dubious food presentation techniques.
Here are 22 times when food plating went horribly wrong.
Caviar served on a cauliflower (not meant to eat) on a bed of fake grass in a wooden box. from r/WeWantPlates
Why have a bread plate when you can have a bread rock? [Rech - Intercontinental Hong Kong] from r/WeWantPlates
Fruit leather leaves stuffed with some kind of fish. We were told 'don't eat the branches' from r/WeWantPlates
Hmm.. from r/WeWantPlates