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The weirdest plating you've ever seen...

piano boy Feb 3, 2014 10:41 PM

As a customer how would you feel if a waiter put this plate in front of you? Would you joke about where the rest of the food is?

This restaurant has a habit of weird plating and gets mixed reviews.

I don't even like little rectangular plates but it would've made this dessert much more appealing. The only place I expect big plates with small portions is in a high end french restaurant and even they've been getting away from that trend.

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  1. greygarious RE: piano boy Feb 3, 2014 11:11 PM

    I'm not even sure what it IS, but it looks like a pooper scooper was involved.

    I have not been to any of those toilet-themed restaurants that began in Asia (and fervently hope that does not change), but have seen pictures of the decor and dishes, including blobs of chocolate soft-serve ice cream served in miniature ceramic toilets. I can't imagine plating more appalling than that.

    1. hill food RE: piano boy Feb 4, 2014 12:37 AM

      ohh, but it's <i>PRECIOUS</i>!

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        ferret RE: piano boy Feb 4, 2014 06:02 AM

        My first question would be the choice of plate itself. Impossible to make anything look appetizing on that.

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          magiesmom RE: ferret Feb 4, 2014 06:15 AM

          I agree. Yuck

        2. Sooeygun RE: piano boy Feb 4, 2014 06:38 AM

          Wow, that's crazy.

          Looks like the waiter tripped while carrying it. Made everything slide to one side.

          1. iluvcookies RE: piano boy Feb 4, 2014 07:00 AM

            It looks like there is something missing.. If that is the entire dessert then it should be centered on an appropriately sized plate.

            If that was placed in front of me I would probably ask "Where is the rest of it?"

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              KaimukiMan RE: iluvcookies Feb 4, 2014 10:20 AM

              Im pretty sure thats an entree or at least an appetizer, I've not seen beef tartare served as a dessert before.

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              ChillyDog RE: piano boy Feb 4, 2014 09:13 AM

              My photo doesn't do it justice. It's beef tartare made to look like some sort of toadstool forest.

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                tcamp RE: ChillyDog Feb 4, 2014 11:01 AM

                That is too funny. I'd burst out laughing, then eat the pickle first.

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                  monavano RE: ChillyDog Feb 4, 2014 11:08 AM

                  Two toadstools, a couple worms and a cactus.

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                    tcamp RE: monavano Feb 4, 2014 11:11 AM

                    What do you think the worms are made of? Skinned octopus legs? They don't look particularly appetizing.

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                      monavano RE: tcamp Feb 4, 2014 11:18 AM

                      It looks like white asparagus to me. Limp white asparagus.

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                        ChillyDog RE: tcamp Feb 4, 2014 02:50 PM

                        Unfortunately I don't remember what the white stuff was but I think it was something that was piped onto the plate. I remember that the tartare was delicious but the memorable part of the dish was definitely the plating.

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                      LindaWhit RE: ChillyDog Feb 4, 2014 11:38 AM

                      ROFL!!! OMG I would laugh hysterically at this plating if it were put down in front of me. A pickle thumb, with a baby-poo yellow spot near it, and what are those toadstool caps - flatbreads? I'm just wondering how you'd eat this concoction.

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                        ChillyDog RE: LindaWhit Feb 4, 2014 02:59 PM

                        Yes, they are flatbreads. Some re-assembly was required to eat it.

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                          512window RE: ChillyDog Feb 5, 2014 01:25 PM

                          Surely it was deconstruction ? :-)

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                        DuchessNukem RE: ChillyDog Feb 4, 2014 12:53 PM

                        That's really... unfortunate. And again with the mayo nipples.

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                          monavano RE: DuchessNukem Feb 4, 2014 12:56 PM

                          Mayo nipples <<snickers>>.

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                          juliejulez RE: ChillyDog Feb 5, 2014 04:16 PM

                          I can't stop giggling even just looking at the photo. I don't think I'd be able to eat it if it were in front of me due to laughing too hard.

                        3. ipsedixit RE: piano boy Feb 4, 2014 09:30 AM

                          That's rather boring, and pedestrian, compared to Alinea's dessert on a table "plating".

                          1. monavano RE: piano boy Feb 4, 2014 10:51 AM

                            Is the restaurant built on the side of a hill?

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                              hill food RE: monavano Feb 4, 2014 12:25 PM

                              yeah it's like that French and Saunders sketch when gravity occasionally goes sideways

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                                monavano RE: hill food Feb 4, 2014 12:55 PM

                                Either that or they're eating in one of those rotating restaurants atop a building... and it's spinning really, really fast.

                            2. DuchessNukem RE: piano boy Feb 4, 2014 12:52 PM

                              So I'm seeing ice cream, pears, bacon bits, and a couple of nipples of mayo. The more I stare the ice cream blobs become eyes.

                              Unusual plating can be interesting but this just looks off.

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                                Novelli RE: DuchessNukem Feb 4, 2014 01:55 PM

                                de-constructed apple pie alamode! LOL

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                                grangie angie RE: piano boy Feb 4, 2014 02:55 PM

                                Seriously ???!!!! Just for curiousity sake though,how much did it cost ?

                                1. scubadoo97 RE: piano boy Feb 4, 2014 05:43 PM

                                  I'd be wondering who put the acid in my water glass

                                  1. chicgail RE: piano boy Feb 4, 2014 07:09 PM

                                    Funny you should note that. I just had a Restaurant Week dinner where almost everything was a big plate with a tiny portion on one small corner of the plate. It think it is a new trend and more than a little annoying.

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                                      ChrisOfStumptown RE: chicgail Feb 5, 2014 02:56 PM

                                      If plating food into the corner is the new thing, I'll say something I never thought I'd say. Please, let's bring back tall food.

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                                        lamb_da_calculus RE: chicgail Feb 5, 2014 02:58 PM

                                        I think big expanses of space look nice, but I imagine dishwashers hate it.

                                      2. BobB RE: piano boy Feb 5, 2014 06:10 AM

                                        I was in a good but overly hipsterish restaurant in Toronto a couple of years ago and was served a dessert of chocolate mousse. The mousse itself was piped into an S-squiggle on the plate, and when it was brought out, the chef accompanied it and ceremoniously sprinkled it with Captain Crunch cereal, straight from the box in his hand.

                                        Gotta admit, though, it was tasty stuff!

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                                          Tripeler RE: BobB Feb 5, 2014 06:15 AM

                                          What incredible nerve! Or, some sort of ultra hipsterism.

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                                            BobB RE: Tripeler Feb 5, 2014 11:44 AM

                                            Hipster indeed. And your username just reminded me that my starter from the same meal was some of the best-prepared, tastiest tripe I've ever eaten.

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                                              Tripeler RE: BobB Feb 5, 2014 04:25 PM

                                              My user name is based on my love for Belgian Tripel ales, and I can't really stand tripe in any form!

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