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Apr 24, 2013 08:00 PM

Too much salt!

Went to one of our favorite locally owned restaurants for dinner tonight, ordered the vegetarian pasta dish with ramps and other spring veggies. I'm sure it would have been wonderful, had it not been overwhelming salty. I use salt when I cook, but if the predominate taste of a dish is salt, I balk. Am I weird?

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  1. No, not weird. Did you mention it to your server?

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    1. re: wyogal

      I did, and she made a note of "low sodium" in their computer data base.

    2. Not to me, pikawicca, but I don't add much salt, either. I'd rather taste the flavors of the vegetables, than to have them all taste of salt.
      We may be in the minority.

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      1. re: kitchengardengal

        I'm with you both. A little salt is necessary; a lot of salt is just a salt lick. Spring vegetables should taste like spring!

        1. re: kitchengardengal

          Same here too... I only use very light salt. But my SO often says it's not enough so he adds a bunch more to his plate.

        2. No, I also dislike overly salted food. That being said, everyone has a different tolerance.

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          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

            That's very true, and I think that if you're a line cook, your perception of salt changes radically over time.

          2. Nope, I'm not big on salt and over salted food really ruins the dish. Did you eat the dish, return it or order something else?

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            1. re: HillJ

              I sent it back, went home and made a sandwich. The other three diners were halfway through their meals by the time our server checked back, so they would have been finished before a different dish could have been prepared for me. Very awkward situation.

              1. re: pikawicca

                Yeah that's a bummer out with a group but I would have sent it back and made a sandwich too.

            2. I find this to be pretty standard everywhere. I visit the local seafood restaurant which places itself in a pricey category, and I often note that a dish is overly salted.

              In another thread here, I remember reading that chefs often are smokers, and perhaps their palates are not sensitive because of that. I don't know if that is true, but almost everything is over salted as far as I'm concerned.

              In your case, complaining might be effective because it is a local place, and presumably you are a regular.