Would you ever feel comfortable asking for ...
- ipsedixit Aug 14, 2013 08:51 PM
... a salt shaker at a place like Alinea, or the French Laundry, or a sushi/Japanese place like Masa or Urasawa, or a Chinese place like Koi Palace?
What if you just felt the food was under seasoned and just needed that little dash of salt to round out the taste (to your liking)?
I tend to agree, mostly. As much as some chefs love to believe that their food is perfectly seasoned, in the real world we all have different tolerances, especially for salt. What I find perfect my mom finds underseasoned.
That said, if I was at the French Laundry, I'd probably draw the line at asking for ketchup.
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I assume that, at that level of pricing, the chef knows what's what about her/his dishes and I'd want to eat them as they were intended to be eaten.
That said, dining has come a long way since the 1980s whenMichelin 3* chef, Nico Ladenis, would order customers out of the restaurant for asking for salt.
I'm assuming the OP's question about salt is intended to be more generic about condiments rather than just salt and I've answered on that basis. If it was just about salt, then I would never ask for it. I neither cook with salt, not add it to my food at the table.
To me, the chef prepares a dish to their personal tastes. However, as I am the patron, if I feel a need for something more, I do not hesitate to request it. If the chef wishes to do battle, then I am ready.
Still, regarding salt, we almost never use it, beyond the prep, and more often wish that less had been used - that is our tastes, and not some other motivation.
I would ask but, not for your standard table salt, rather a finishing salt. I don't feel I'm being critical of the chef or establishment but, maybe a line cook. Then again, it could be my worn out taste buds!