salty restaurant food in the US compared to europe?
i'm just moving back to san francisco, after a couple year stint in europe.
i didn't have a lot of fine dining experience before moving to europe, but have been dining in many nice restaurants all over europe, especially in london, paris and spain.
upon coming back to san francisco (and a trip to seattle), and going to reputable restaurants, i've discovered that i find most of the food almost inedible... due to how salty they are.
so now, i'm curious... is this because nice restaurants in the US have always been salty and I just didn't get enough exposure before? or is american restaurant food just saltier than europe?
We travel domestically and internationally fairly often and I've not found that to be so. BTW, welcome to CH.
We holidayed in America last year and didnt find the food generally salty. At home, I don't cook with salt, or add it to my plate, so I am usually very sensitive to over-salted restaurant food.
We're just back a year after several years in Europe.
We found exactly the same thing -- the levels of salt and sugar in most restaurant (and processed!) foods renders them nearly inedible.
We asked ourselves the same question -- whether it was just us, but other expats have confirmed the same phenomenon.
It's okay, actually -- we've kind of come to the conclusion that it's better that we not eat all that salt and sugar, anyway, so we just don't eat out much.
re: c oliver
No, because as we've visited various regions around the country, it's pretty much the same (or worse....sweet tea? blergggh -- I didn't care for it before, now, I simply cannot drink it)
It's much worse with the chains, as they aim for consistency regardless of location, and the same for processed
Ah. Sugar is a very different question. Food in America is far sweeter than in the European countries where I either live or visit regularly.
Part of that is American cuisine - mixing sweet and savoury. I find the concept of breakfast consisting of bacon, eggs, pancakes and maple syrup really weird. Not unpleasant by any means - but really weird. Weird can be one of the joys of travel -and I've often said I find America more "foreign" than many places I visit, even those where I don't speak the language.
But the other part is more general - foodstuffs where, as a European, you don't really expect such sweetness - bread, for example.
If a person lives in the US and eats the food offered, how would they be able to compare weather the food is salty? It is normal in their mind.
I'm sure that is confusing but if you lived and ate in Europe for years, you likely be more sensitive to the change in salt usage in the US. Locals not so much.
May be you should post on the Europe boards and see what they feel.