Some of them still do, and not just in Europe, you just have to find the right places. I recently returned from a trip to a major city in California (I go to the US periodically), and I ate at several very nice restaurants (not cheap, mind you), where the food was magnificent, and the portions very sensible (some were even rather on the small side). Just do a bit of research, there must be some fine dining establishments where you live that serve quality not quantity.dory wrote:... I just really wish restaurants would concentrate more on quality than on quantity which some European restaurants still do...
You are right that the cost of the food is less than the cost of the labor to cook and serve it.Andrew Fryer wrote:This whole thread has been difficult for me, because the devil is in the detail.
I used to live next to an Indian restaurant, so I knew the owner well, ate too much of his food (but they use vegetable oil, almost never ghee), ate way too much cheese too. Had a heart-attack.
Firstly, the benign view: the food is the cheapest of a restaurant's outlays, so a restaurant is mean if it doesn't offer enough.
Secondly: you don't have to eat everything on the plate.
Thirdly: I've seen food shows on the cookery channel, and you need to ask about the quality as well as the quantity of the food. How many times have I seen people on American TV eat a pound of steak and a pound of deep-fried onions and a pound of melted cheese all held in a giant buttered bun? I once saw a sequence of three shows and the food was nutritionally the same in each: - fat, protein, fat, protein, fat, in a sandwich.
So did I.bear wrote:I grew up poor. There seems to be something odd about complaining about too much food at cheap prices.
Well, yeah, that's disgusting. Grown-up people do understand (at least a bit) how they are risking their health by eating nuggets and hot dogs. But if they teach kids to have that sort of diet only, it's no wonder if half of teenagers are overweight.lagartija wrote: What disgusts me the most is what passes for a kid's menu at restaurants. White flour, cheese, processed meats, breaded and fried, with white potatoes as the vegetable. When we were traveling in the southern US, we stopped to get something to eat. At least they had a decent salad bar. For the kid's menu:
Macaroni and cheese
Grilled cheese sandwich
Fried chicken nuggets
Spaghetti with butter or tomato sauce.
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