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Jan 16, 2014 09:06 AM

Food served too cold, pet peeve

I was taught in chef's school for safety reasons to serve cold food cold and hot food hot then when I started working in good restaurants I was taught to serve most cold food @ cool room temperature, much like red wine. I know it's difficult for restaurants to keep cold food @ ideal serving temperatures because kitchens are hot but I'm always disappointed when everything comes to the table ice cold. The cold mutes the flavor just like food served too hot negatively affects the taste too. Nothing worse than after nice meal you are served a chocolate dessert right from the fridge. Does this bother anyone else?

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  1. Cheese being served straight from the fridge is a pet peeve. Get it out at the beginning of service, like they do in France (and all good places everywhere).

    I now try and guess whether a place knows how to serve cheese properly before deciding whether to order it.

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    1. re: Harters

      With you on the cheese. Last place I had a cheese course it was on a table in the centre of the restaurant and you went up and chose your cheeses. You could tell they'd been out long enough and no nasty surprises of fridge cold cheese. Also not keen on terrines that have come straight from the fridge.

      1. re: Paprikaboy

        The "serve yourself" cheese is always a winner for me. I can think of a couple of meals where it's saved an otherwise quite indifferent experience. It shrieks "hospitality" at me as much as it shouts that they know how to keep cheese.

        With you on the terrines as well. In fact, let's extend this to agree with zackly's comment about "cold" being "cool room temperature". Our localish chain of dining pubs are so-and-so's for serving fridge cold starters - to the extent, I'm starting to not bother having one.

        1. re: Harters

          Yes, cheeses, pates and terrines and most anything with a high fat content are not appetizing if refrigerator cold. Pie crust is another good example. I was served an ice cold portion of poached salmon that I let sit until it warmed up a bit and was much better.Even shrimp cocktail typically & incorrectly served on ice. I used to work in that industry and I've converted many skeptics over to serving cooked shrimp cool not cold.

          1. re: zackly

            Bingo, forgot pie. Very big dislike for cold pies (so no cream pies for me) but tied into my enjoyment of room temp fresh fruit, fruit pies cannot be cold and be enjoyable....even when they wind up thrown out due to mold (the waste does bother me).

            1. re: HillJ

              I actually really enjoy cold fruit pies, esp with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate.

              Warm, room temp pies are good as well, but nothing wrong with chilled pie.

              Let me try that again.

              There's nothing wrong with pie. At any temp.

      1. re: Steve

        I will actually nuke a fruit salad for a few seconds if I want to eat it straight out of the fridge.

        1. re: Isolda

          Sounds like something I would do (and probably have done).

      2. <Does this bother anyone else?>

        It slightly annoys me, but not too much. I do agree with Steve that ice cold salad (vegetable) annoy me more than most other cases.

        1. Totally with you on the cheese. I also don't enjoy fresh fruit cold; room temp. Even fresh squeezed OJ or grapefruit juice I prefer room temp. I keep citrus out of the frig.

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          1. re: HillJ

            I am with you HillJ, I prefer my fruit room temp, BUT my fruit juice refrigerated.

            I don't understand how anyone can eat refrigerated oranges, apples or grapes. Gah!

            1. re: Jerseygirl111

              I don't enjoy the cold against my teeth. And in the summer I'm more tolerant of say a cold lemonade or smoothie but for the most part yeah, room temp. But, I also forgot about butter as Ttrockw mentioned. Cold, hard butter is not enjoyable.

              1. re: Jerseygirl111

                I love frozen grapes on a hot summer day.

                Otherwise, I'm a room-temperature person.

            2. Biggest pet peeve:
              Butter straight from the fridge for the bread basket. Augh!
              Anything else i just blame on DOH fines for stupid $hit and let it sit a while longer before i dig in.
              But the too cold butter that rips the bread just pisses me off. Probably because i'm hungry!