There’s nothing quite like excitedly anticipating your meal at a restaurant and then seeing it arrive – precariously balanced on a wonky piece of rough-hewn wood that threatens to spill all over your lap the second you reach for your knife and fork.
It makes you wonder – whatever happened to plates?
This is a question posed by Reddit users in the subreddit We Want Plates, where some of the biggest plating fails are collected and lampooned by those who don’t get why everything has to be so darn trendy.
As much as we get annoyed by being served food scattered across a chopping board, we can at least be grateful you didn’t have to deal with these terrible ideas:
Bread served inside a taxidermied… something.
Yes, that’s a snowboard. I mean, how else are you meant to eat pizza?
This is pretty confronting but we can be sure the skeleton is fake – rats don’t generally have ears made of bone. Also, there’s a plate!
Terrariums may very well be trending on Pinterest, but that doesn’t make this a good idea:
Because we love high-risk dining that could leave us needing a tetanus shot:
This isn’t a salad, it’s an IQ test and we all failed.
At least other restaurants are using something instead of a plate. Meanwhile, we hope you didn’t want that napkin.
Perhaps the chef really wanted to be an interior decorator?
A garnish that could feed a family of four.
Yes, because fiddling with a bacon-grease soaked peg with our bare hands is exactly what we want from a night out.
This feels like a trap.
While we might roll our eyes at these avant-garde attempts to make dinner an interactive art project, diners aren’t the only ones who suffer. Spare a thought for the poor dishwasher who has to figure out how to clean it all!
We have never felt so grateful for a simple plate.
Recovering caffeine-addict and serial bruncher Eliza Murray feels most at home typing away in a cozy cafe with her re-mortgaged avocado toast nearby. When she isn't reporting on the latest Instagram-shattering glittery food trends, she can be found experimenting with new gin garnishes (hello strawberries!) or biting into an entire wheel of brie (no shame). She tweets @theothereliza