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Pass the salt, please

kengk Nov 23, 2012 08:09 AM

You are at a very nice restaurant and although the food is good you think it needs a little more salt. It's the kind of place with no salt on the table and you "know" that chef believes his food is properly seasoned.

Do you ask for salt?

For what it's worth, I seldom add salt at a restaurant but also hardly ever get anything that I think is over salted.

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    Zalbar RE: kengk Nov 23, 2012 08:23 AM

    Yes you ask for salt. You are the one eating it not the chef. Everyone has different levels of salinity that they like.

    Restaurants that don't have s&p on the table take themselves too seriously.

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      Just Visiting RE: Zalbar Nov 24, 2012 05:00 AM

      I have the opposite problem. I use virtually no salt at home (not for health reasons; I just don't like saltiness) so food in restaurants always tastes way too salty to me. Unfortunately, there is no way to remove the salt. I would much rather they undersalt and let the diners salt to suit their own taste.

      As for asking, I once asked for steak sauce for a burger and the chef came out and yelled at me.

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        EWSflash RE: Zalbar Nov 26, 2012 07:10 PM

        Totally agree, Zalbar.

      2. mamachef RE: kengk Nov 23, 2012 08:39 AM

        I ask away. Yep, I love me some sodium, though not tons....any chef who gives guff over provisioning it is cooking for his ego, not for his guests/patrons. Only once have I been truly made to feel as though it was MY fault - and that was by the waiter, not the chef.

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          beevod RE: kengk Nov 23, 2012 09:05 AM

          Unless the chef is picking up your dinner tab, ask for salt.

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            Veggo RE: beevod Nov 23, 2012 09:11 AM

            Don't ask for salt at Louis' Lunch in New Haven. I got the woodshed talk there once. A long one.

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              mamachef RE: Veggo Nov 23, 2012 09:28 AM

              Gawd, and here I thought they were only Facist about the ketchup!!

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                JenJeninCT RE: mamachef Nov 23, 2012 03:18 PM

                The whole act would be a lot cuter if the sandwich was outstanding, and, to me, it's not. And, really, I'm a 46 year old woman, I think I can make up my own mind about condiments, thanks. I brought Heinz packets with me when I went.

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                  John E. RE: JenJeninCT Nov 25, 2012 09:26 PM

                  If I were to ever get to Louis' Lunch I'd bring a new bottle of ketchup and be sure to offer leave it on the table.

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                    Veggo RE: John E. Nov 26, 2012 04:53 AM

                    Wear protective head gear.

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                      mamachef RE: John E. Nov 26, 2012 05:39 AM

                      Funny, except they won't agree. People have been asked to leave for doing that, seriously, as in, "This establishment reserves the right...."

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                        John E. RE: mamachef Nov 26, 2012 07:18 AM

                        I saw the owner say on a television program that they won't provide ketchup, don't ask for ketchup, but they can't stop you from using your own ketchup.

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                          Veggo RE: John E. Nov 26, 2012 07:23 AM

                          I wish the same applied for beer in sports stadiums, which charge upwards of $8 to wet your whistle...

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                            mamachef RE: John E. Nov 26, 2012 08:51 AM

                            Good to know. I'm not planning a trip anytime soon, but in the event I ever go there again, it'll be nice that I can please my gauche, ketchup-lovin' palate. :)

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                    BiscuitBoy RE: Veggo Nov 26, 2012 07:24 AM

                    That's IF you can find a spot to eat there!

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                  NE_Elaine RE: kengk Nov 23, 2012 09:42 AM

                  I'm paying the bill - if it needs more salt, I ask for salt.

                  Nobody knows my taste better than I.

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                    FrankJBN RE: kengk Nov 23, 2012 10:21 AM

                    if you get any 'snoot' from the server, when they come back with the salt, ask for some hot sauce too.

                    1. ipsedixit RE: kengk Nov 23, 2012 09:11 PM

                      I wouldn't.

                      I'd send it back and say that it was not to my liking. Ask them to remake the dish with more salt.

                      If it's a "very nice restaurant" the least they can do is add the salt for me. They do it with glee almost with that stupid pepper thing, why not salt.

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                        wavywok RE: ipsedixit Nov 25, 2012 05:26 PM

                        I realize appropriate salt level is an individual thing, but it is often an acquired taste. For several years my girl friend and I struggled with differing taste for salt, now we seem to appreciate about the same levels. That said I surely would ask for salt if I thought it was needed.

                        I watch that Chopped show and every time a judge says something was under salted I feel like yelling"Why don't just ask for a saltshaker??"

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                          latindancer RE: wavywok Nov 25, 2012 05:35 PM

                          "Why don't just ask for the saltshaker??"

                          Because salt, like any other seasoning, is meant to be infused into the dish during cooking/roasting. If a cook underseasons during the cooking stage and then adds if afterward it will change the outcome of the dish.

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                            sandylc RE: latindancer Nov 25, 2012 07:40 PM

                            That is true. Taking it further, I think that many dishes benefit from both salting during cooking AND salting after cooking. The salt tastes different based upon when it was introduced to the dish. That said, salting during cooking is the most important.

                      2. Passadumkeg RE: kengk Nov 25, 2012 06:05 PM

                        Screw the salt and ask for Tabasco. You are payin' for the grub, so ask for whatever you want. Maybe some oysters to add a saltier flavor to the meal!

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