Would you ever ask for a doggie bag at Alinea? Saison? Per Se? French Laundry?
- ipsedixit Aug 10, 2012 08:05 AM
This post about doggie bags, http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/862522 , got me thinking.
Putting aside for a moment whether any of those restaurants (or restaurants of that ilk) would even offer a take-out-leftover service, would you ever ask for a "doggie bag" at the French Laundry? Alinea?
Maybe that 24 course tasting menu at Rogue was one course too many?
Or how about taking home that second piece of toro from Urasawa?
Would the thought ever cross your mind to ask for a doggie bag?
When I've eaten at places like that, there's been nothing on my plate to doggie bag. They're not serving huge portions that over flow your plate. If anything, I'm left feeling like how much I would have liked one more bite of the dish. Then its on to the next course. Never leave feeling hungry, but there are never leftovers.
Once it's on my plate,and I pay for it, it's mine. If I want to take it home, I will. If they give me a stink eye for that, then I would assume, they maintained ownership. And they assume the cost.