Another Goldilocks thread: Can't believe I did this, but I asked for MORE LETTUCE. For a SALAD.
- Kris in Beijing Jun 11, 2013 11:47 AM
This is a companion to many of the current Value vs. Size vs. Balance vs. What ~I~ want to Eat threads.
Last night, I happily ordered a
Chicken Cobb Salad--the 1/2 size, dressing on the side [I dislike "salad soup," which seems to be the norm].
In the center-- a Neat row of bacon, the fat still glistening
Symmetrically diced egg white row, with chunks of yolk interspersed
Row of cubes of chilled seasoned chicken, some with just a hint of "this was a roasted chicken" charr
Row of sparse yet aggressive bleu
Row of pretty perky little pyramids of tomato-- each piece had a bit of skin
Outside row of Shredded cheddar [well.. that was nontraditional but okay; cheaper than avocado]
and maybe half a cup of torn lettuce leaves under it all.
About 1/4 of the way in, when the waitress dropped by with my flavoured iced tea refill, I mustered my courage and asked if I could have... some lettuce!
She happily brought me a bowlful-- about 3C loose.
Towards the end, I could have used Another "half refill" of lettuce but I didn't ask.
So -- the "value" was that I got a lot of expensive ingredients, but not enough "balance" in the cheaper ones to make a good salad.
wow, that's weird! sounds like a beautifully arranged salad.. they just forgot the lettuce (?)
I get the chopped chicken cobb at Panera, usually with dressing on the side, but forgot to ask for that last time. I was quite pleasantly surprised at how nicely dressed the salad was. not soupy, just enough dressing. :)
restaurants are in a bind here.
some customers like yourself actually understand and want balance in their food.
other customers are more focused on the protein:price ratio, the calorie:price ratio, and the meat:price ratio because they use these ratios as measures of "value."
it's sort of a "damned if you do and damned if you don't" dilemma.