A Plea to Chefs: What's With the Consistently Cold Food?
Local foodie fed up with with cold dishes served at "hot" restaurants.
I eat out every day, and I'm exhausted by so-called better restaurants that continue to deliver dishes that are supposed to be served hot served tepid. I know Toronto's a cold city, but this is just silly.
It occurs to me that I should probably just start cooking for myself. Up until now, I thought it was too much trouble (time=money), but very few places seem to be able to get it right, so I might as well save myself some $$$.
i don't understand why so many chefs insist on sending out lukewarm food. I know I'm fussy and a bit weird, but I tip well and, believe it or not, recommend places to pals. Don't you have a fixed overhead? Wouldn't it help to have a regular customer who helped out a bit with the rent?
If not and you don't want me there, c'est la vie. But I heard there's a recession on, and I would think champions, not complainers, would help just now.
I don't think that's silly; it can be so disappointing when one's food arrives less than hot, and some food - say, French fries, even - is totally ruined when it's not fresh and hot.
that said, it isn't something that happens to me all the time or every time - but enough that I tend to comment happily when the food does arrive hot and fresh.
Usually it takes longer to eat out at a restaurant (travel time, etc.) than it does to make food yourself. If I have a problem with cold food, I send it back and leave. As long as I still burn my mouth on food at times, I'm not too concerned...
I think this is a bit of a silly complaint; what restaurants have you been to that serve dishes cold? You've never had a hot dish in Toronto? Ever?