A little food for thought this Worth Casing Wednesday. As I ask you to plate up!
Are plates really that overrated?
I honestly can’t recall the last time I had a meal out and it was served on an actual plate. Instead there’s been slate, marble and boards of different shapes and sizes.
Take today’s smashed avocado with a poached egg. There’s so many things wrong with this meal, I hardly know where to start.
It was a friendly catch up with a friend, not an official review but for some reason (call it a blogger thing) I pulled out the phone and snapped a couple of left of centre photos. In hindsight (now that they’ve made the blog), I probably should have taken more time and care with the images but they are what they are…
While I did finish the meal (having donated my overly oiled bread to a good cause), I went in starving. I’m not a fan of having my bread oiled or buttered for me. I prefer my salad or garnish to have a fresh spring in its step, not limp and losing the will to go on.
It definitely tasted better than it looked but on closer inspection of the board it was served on afterwards, it kind of left me sickened. You could argue rustic, I would say verging on unhygienic. A plate would have served its purpose well here.
My friend’s meal wasn’t much better. Scrambled eggs overcooked with a small scrap of bread (I gave her mine). I’m told it too tasted better than it looked. I wasn’t convinced. How hard can it be to get scrambled eggs right? For the amount they charged, this should have been served on something a tad more elaborate than a plate or laced with black truffle. BUT it was served on an actual plate. How retro?
I was almost tempted to ask for a refund or send the food back but… starving!
I’m certainly not in the business of naming and shaming here on the blog, so bad reviews generally don’t make it on the blog or Instagram for that matter. This is no exception. I’m not naming names today, merely sharing a questionable meal and asking a few questions.
I take my food reviews pretty seriously, which is why there are only a handful of brunch reviews. With the venue cased on at least five occasions over a short period of time and none of them sponsored. More a case of mystery
shopping eating, under a cloak of anonymity, in order to obtain a real experience, not a highlight reel that one might experience for a launch or gifted meal.
Are plates going out of fashion? Am I becoming too fussy in my old age? Should I look to review my food review approach and policy, so I can start sharing more food reviews here?
What are your thoughts on Zomato and other online food review sites? Does adding the word gifted to a review make it any less of a review in your eyes?
As I’m not wanting to leave you with a bad taste in your mouth, I thought this recipe from Vicki aka The Fashionable Mum for Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea might put a smile on your dial…
I love, love, love it… let me know what you think!
WORTH CASING WEDNESDAY
Have a blog post (or two) worth casing this week? This is the place to link up.
What’s the weirdest item you’ve had or seen food served on?