Let me tell you, when your mashed potato gets served in a glass vase or your soup is poured in a stiletto, you’re at a crossroads. One one hand, you can call the absurdity out, complain to your waiter but don’t expect much. After all, if that restaurant is guilty of anything, then it’s trying hard to impress you. Another option is to ignore the serving and enjoy its content, but that would end in a strong longing for simple life where plates are a thing.

However, such try-hard food servings seem to be everywhere and it’s become impossible to ignore them. And the internet’s beloved project “We Want Plates” is a safe space to talk about hard things, aka the plate drought in restaurants.

According to their website, it’s “the global crusade against serving food on bits of wood and roof slates, chips in mugs and drinks in jam jars.” It’s also home to an impressive collection of some of the craziest, most wondrous, and ‘what is dat thing?’-kinda food servings people encountered.

Psst! More pics of, let’s be honest, barely edible craziness can be found in our previous posts with “We Want Plates” here, here and here.

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#1

Beautifully Plated, But Not A Plate, Not Even Over A Plate

Beautifully Plated, But Not A Plate, Not Even Over A Plate

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Satan Laughs
Community Member
6 days ago

Actually impressed with this one. Cool.

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#2

Got Sandy Feet As A Dessert

Got Sandy Feet As A Dessert

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Cristian A.
Community Member
6 days ago

This is a flop big enough to make someone flip :D

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#3

Caesar Salad Or Charlie Brown Christmas Tree?

Caesar Salad Or Charlie Brown Christmas Tree?

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Mad Dragon
Community Member
6 days ago

Tiny wedge of salad for $18. Absolutely ridiculous.

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Getting your soup served in a stiletto is bonkers, no doubt about that. But have you noticed that those super fancy, very detailed, often bizarre food servings come from luxurious restaurants? I mean let’s be honest, your local Chinese takeaway couldn’t care less about putting that sweet & sour curry in anything other than a plastic container. Do you complain about them not being elaborate enough? Well, probably not. So why, then, is it so frustrating when restaurants are genuinely trying to stand out and make us impressed? Now this is some food for thought.

#4

First Patio Since Covid And This Is What I Get. I Told The Owner I Was Going To Post On This Sub And He Said He Would Bring Me The Sandwich On A Plate Next Time If This Post Blows Up

First Patio Since Covid And This Is What I Get. I Told The Owner I Was Going To Post On This Sub And He Said He Would Bring Me The Sandwich On A Plate Next Time If This Post Blows Up

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James016
Community Member
6 days ago

It's not the worst thing here

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#5

Chocolate "Horse Turd" Truffles On A Manure Fork. Just No

Chocolate "Horse Turd" Truffles On A Manure Fork. Just No

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Brian Bennett
Community Member
6 days ago

This establishment is next to a race track - Waste not want not! (please want not!)

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#6

Can You Spot My Lamb Chop?

Can You Spot My Lamb Chop?

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Vicky Z
Community Member
6 days ago

Here we see a lamb in its natural environment (with David Attenborough's voice)

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Fancy restaurants are also notorious for serving small portions. A walnut-sized piece of cod, anyone?! But if we take a closer look at this common phenomenon, we may find some solid reasons why restaurants do that. First, it’s the pricing of the ingredients. The more high-priced ingredients they use for the dish, the more expensive the dish will be. Moreover, small portions can reduce costs for purchasing ingredients. As a result, less money gets wasted, adding to a higher profit margin for a restaurant.

#7

Blood Pancakes In A Mask..

Blood Pancakes In A Mask..

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katz up!
Community Member
6 days ago

This is even adding to the waste..

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#8

Whats Up With All Of This Food On Your Hand Trend?

Whats Up With All Of This Food On Your Hand Trend?

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Rhea.S🤍
Community Member
6 days ago

No..no..you can't always be sure your hands are 100% clean just use a plate..plus sticky fingers 😣

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#9

My Cocktail Came In A Box

My Cocktail Came In A Box

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Noah Ooi
Community Member
6 days ago

Thats normal and traditional in japan.

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The second reason is that eating at a fancy restaurant is about savoring every bite. Food served in smaller portions will help you relish and savor every bite. This is part of the experience and so it’s defo not for the hangover-induced munchies.

Moreover, smaller portion sizes are said to lead to a better customer experience. Because the truth is, by the time you sit down and finish your substantial meal, you really don’t get the full dining experience. A large portion does a great job at filling up your stomach, but fine dining is not just about that. It’s giving those taste buds a well-deserved workout and it’s all about being in the moment.

#10

Our Corn Chips Came In A Rusty Bucket

Our Corn Chips Came In A Rusty Bucket

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Billy Beecham
Community Member
6 days ago

Hello, health dept?

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#11

So I Went To Alinea This Weekend

So I Went To Alinea This Weekend

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KJ
Community Member
6 days ago

Did the waiter / waitress trip coming to the table?

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#12

Japan..

Japan..

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Billy Beecham
Community Member
6 days ago

Bento box disguised as iphone?

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#13

Friend's Mother Went To A Restaurant And Got A Glass Of Pasta! Upside Down!

Friend's Mother Went To A Restaurant And Got A Glass Of Pasta! Upside Down!

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Jo Johannsen
Community Member
6 days ago

I have an idea for how to leave a tip...

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#14

Nachos On A Rusty Bin Lid

Nachos On A Rusty Bin Lid

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Mazer
Community Member
6 days ago (edited)

Ohhh dinner with a side of tetanus

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#15

Especially In This Times, Don't Want To Eat From One Table With Like 10 Other People

Especially In This Times, Don't Want To Eat From One Table With Like 10 Other People

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Tolga ÜSTÜN
Community Member
6 days ago

Waiter- When ever you need me just shout "oink" sir!

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#16

Why

Why

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kymelria
Community Member
6 days ago

mac & geez

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#17

Gravy In A Urinal

Gravy In A Urinal

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Mad Dragon
Community Member
5 days ago

This is not a restaurant. This is someone’s house, and I’m betting this was some sort of family joke.

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#18

Uhm.. How Do I Drink It..?

Uhm.. How Do I Drink It..?

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KJ
Community Member
6 days ago

Put your mouth at the edge of the table and hope some of it runs in your direction.

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#19

Please Take A Charcuterie And Have A Seat

Please Take A Charcuterie And Have A Seat

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Mad Dragon
Community Member
6 days ago

Charcuterie clipboard?

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#20

Can You Spot Our Appetizers?

Can You Spot Our Appetizers?

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Mazer
Community Member
6 days ago

Plant abuse

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#21

A Friend Ordered Tiramisu In Scotland. Why Sugar The Lid?

A Friend Ordered Tiramisu In Scotland. Why Sugar The Lid?

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KJ
Community Member
6 days ago

Just be glad we didn't deep fry it.

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#22

I Just Thought You Guys Were No Fun, But I Get It Now….

I Just Thought You Guys Were No Fun, But I Get It Now….

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Mad Dragon
Community Member
6 days ago

It looks like they fished breakfast out of a trash can.

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#23

The Sauce Was Dripping From The Holes

The Sauce Was Dripping From The Holes

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TahJia Williams
Community Member
6 days ago

because you're taking to long to eat it. once you receive it, you're suppose to shove it in your mouth hole and breathe in real fast to swallow.. psh nuubs

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#24

At A 2 Michelin Starred Restaurant

At A 2 Michelin Starred Restaurant

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Peter H
Community Member
6 days ago

The Dilbert cartoon would totally put me off that … green mossy stuff on a rusty trowel.

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#25

Served In An Ashtray

Served In An Ashtray

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Vicky Zar
Community Member
6 days ago

Well.... if you think just about the material and not what you associate this particular shape with... than it is quite all right. You can wash and even sanitize it. Better than other things on this list

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#26

Saw This On Instagram And It Sent Me Into A Fit Of Rage

Saw This On Instagram And It Sent Me Into A Fit Of Rage

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Raven Sheridan
Community Member
6 days ago

I think the fit of rage, was over them not being able to have any. 😏

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#27

The Churro Shoe

The Churro Shoe

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Billy Beecham
Community Member
6 days ago

At least the shoe is glass or ice.

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#28

Venison Cubes On A Deer Antler (Was Actually Incredible)

Venison Cubes On A Deer Antler (Was Actually Incredible)

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Mazer
Community Member
6 days ago

Hope that antler was sterilized after each use

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#29

Syrup Kept Spilling Over

Syrup Kept Spilling Over

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Vicky Z
Community Member
6 days ago

You remove everything and chase with the board whoever is responsible for this monstrosity

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#30

Please Feed Me Too

Please Feed Me Too

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KJ
Community Member
6 days ago

Here comes the airplane!

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