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Feb 6, 2009 12:45 PM

Plate Presentation

I was really put off by this plate. The huge bleached bone - the circle.........what do you guys think??
Around 40.00 for the course. Not mispriced probably but more - the bone was just silly and the sauce......

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  1. square plate, round table... bad.

    bone amusing, not terribly appetizing, makes the meat (I assume that's meat) look really skimpy.

    good thing they put the mashed potato (?) there to keep the bone from sliding around.

    do you suppose they put the bones in the dishwasher and re-use them?

      1. Oh my, how very ar-TIS-tic! I'm sure that some recent culinary school grad is just wetting his pants with pride here. At least he's a chef and not a graphic designer, so we don't have to put up with his going gonzo with Photoshop...

        I did spend some time trying to work out the proper context of the bone, where it might fit into the plate's narrative, and have concluded (just a guess, of course) that there was a big pile of cleaned-off beef ribs back there and they'd decided Hey, we gotta use these for somethin', you dig? You have to remember that to your average cook a bone is not gross or scary, but attractive and conducive to appetite. A FLOWER would be gross - ick, it came from dirt and you can't eat it! - but a bone says THIS IS A HEARTY PLATE, even if the rest is as earthy and Rabelaisan as a piece of Zen calligraphy. Or at least I think that was the intention.

        Or it could really be as lame and desperate as it looks...

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        1. re: Will Owen

          It's kind of you to pretend there were good intentiond behind this.
          As a cook I'm telling you that tons of flowers are edible. They're pretty and fun and can enhance a dish.
          That bleached out dead bone is a dog treat.
          Soooo, unfortunately, that would leave your other option "lame and desperate" as my take on this plating.
          Or was it meant in a Flintstones way to be the eating implement? yabba dabba do!

          1. re: lucygoosey

            Oh, come on. I was just seeing how much fun I could have with this. I was really going totally with "lame and desperate" all along.

            Aren't you glad that we've gotten away from that damned Tall Food craze? Can you imagine this idiot doing THAT with a cow rib?

            1. re: lucygoosey

              I think Fred and Barney would want to see more actual food on their plate, and I don't want to think what would happen if BamBam got his hands on that bone. Perhaps it would look like an adequate meal if that plate wasn't big enough to play billiards on. AHA, a use for the bone!

            2. re: Will Owen

              Actually, I think the heart-shaped butter (was this an early Valentine's meal?) screams THIS IS A "HEARTY" TABLE :-). That bone is just another distraction...

              1. I think the chef was over-reaching with that presentation. What was probably meant to be inspired comes off as silly. The bone looks out of place. Now if you were dining at Che Flintstone, that would be another matter.
                eta: totally agree with the square plate/round table thing. Good eye.

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                1. re: monavano

                  LOL! I thought about this Flintstones too.
                  I'm sorry, but I think it's utterly ridiculous. And I think for 40 bucks, I may even send it back.

                  1. re: monavano

                    Didn't see that you had already called out the Flintstones vibe. I feel good that I'm not the only one!

                    1. re: lucygoosey

                      I, um....have their theme song as my ringtone....

                      Now that I think of it though, I think that thing would give me nightmares.