What’s important is the quality of the food, not what it’s served on. Right? Wrong! Sometimes, when you’re at a fancy restaurant, waiters serve your meal on such weird things and in such strange food containers that you pay more attention to them than your dinner. Those are the times that it’s acceptable to bombard your friends with pictures of your food, instead of eating it.

There’s a whole community of regular people and dedicated foodies who have banded together to form the online group ‘We Want Plates.’ Their mission is all in their name — they want restaurants serving food on actual plates, not on “bits of wood and roof tiles, chips in mugs and drinks in jam jars.” This is an internet community that loathes hipster things and trends, and “crusades” for the right to have their food brought to them on plates, as Mother Nature intended.

Keep scrolling and let us know in the comments what bad designs of food serving you found to be the most amusing. Let us know if you’ve seen something even weirder! Remember to upvote the worst food serving designs and ideas and share them with your friends. And after you’re done, have a look at Bored Panda’s other lists about restaurants that have gone too far with food serving and trying to impress customers too hard. Some of these eateries are beyond saving, don’t you think?

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#1

Self-Aware Absurdity? Apple Pastry Desert Served On An Image Of A Plate.... On An iPad

Self-Aware Absurdity? Apple Pastry Desert Served On An Image Of A Plate.... On An iPad

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Chancey
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1 year ago

This is ridiculous!!!

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#2

A Meringue Served On A Magnetically Levitated Pillow

A Meringue Served On A Magnetically Levitated Pillow

It took over 5 minutes for them to get the pillow to hover. I nearly fell asleep.

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hispanic! at the disco
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1 year ago

I mean that looks cool.

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Bored Panda reached out to Ross McGinnes, the founder of the ‘We Want Plates’ community: “I started the campaign in 2015 after a friend posted a picture of an average-sized steak on Facebook, which had been served to him on a large chopping board. It was captioned, unironically, "That is a big meal!" It wasn't a big meal — he'd fallen for all this style-over-content hipster gastropub nonsense. I searched Twitter for an account which would allow me to vent my spleen with like-minded people, but found nothing. We Want Plates was born. Four years later we have over 150,000 followers on Twitter, and three quarters of a million across all social media platforms.”

McGinnes noted that some restaurants put food on strange things, because they want to try to stand out from the crowd. “My local pub used to do a great Sunday roast: twelve quid, piled high, tasted great and yes, it came on a plate. One weekend they added a quirky offering to the menu: little sandwiches, pies, dainty cakes and mini milkshakes served on a miniature picnic bench. The benches, painted bright pink and yellow, sat on top of tables seating actual grown adults. And what was the first thing these infantilized diners did? It wasn’t try the food — it was whip out their phones and take a picture.”

#3

My Bread Served Inside Roadkill

My Bread Served Inside Roadkill

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MagicalUnicorn
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1 year ago

that would immediately kill my appetite

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#4

Cheese Foam That Is Spooned Onto The Back Of Your Hand By The Waiter And Then You Have To Lick It Off

Cheese Foam That Is Spooned Onto The Back Of Your Hand By The Waiter And Then You Have To Lick It Off

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hispanic! at the disco
Community Member
1 year ago

Okay what the heck?

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“Over the following months the picnic benches became increasingly popular, coinciding with the specials board becoming progressively smaller, before it eventually disappeared altogether. I sat there one Sunday, watching bench after garish bench emerge from the kitchen like a technicolor carnival of idiocy, before my usual roast arrived. The meat was cold and the potatoes were burnt. It was once their main Sunday trade, but the traditional roast had died an unpalatable death. But that’s OK because they were doing a roaring trade with the benches, right?  Sure, until the pub down the road started doing them too. Then the one around the corner. Before you know it, everyone’s doing the same ‘quirky’ thing, except it’s not ‘quirky’ any more because you can’t move for mini picnic benches and now all their roast dinners are rubbish to boot.”

The creator of ‘We Want Plates’ listed how there are plenty of examples of food served on bizarre things, such as beef Wellington on barbed wire, tempura in a shoe, sandwiches in a phone box, and a chutney cupboard. “The worst I've encountered personally was when I was served a piece of cake on a table tennis bat in Barcelona around 2008. It still gives me sleepless nights.”

#5

So These Motherf**** Actually Gave Me A Plate... Upside Down

So These Motherf**** Actually Gave Me A Plate... Upside Down

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Queen_Nkotanyi
Community Member
1 year ago

how much did you pay for this??

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#6

"I Put Fries In An Enclosed Bowl So They Steam And Get Soggy" - Some Prick Cook

"I Put Fries In An Enclosed Bowl So They Steam And Get Soggy" - Some Prick Cook

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Koalamonster
Community Member
1 year ago

So you shove it all in there and don't give them a plate so they can actually eat it? Just... that's just annoying. At least with some of the other nonsense you don't have to excavate layers of food.

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The ‘We Want Plates’ community is very popular in the internet realm. Nearly 95,000 people follow the group on Facebook, another 20,000 on Instagram, and almost 156,000 on Twitter; while the plate-lovers’ subreddit has more than 509,000 members.

Lesley Lassiter from the Nashville Scene wonders whether the only reason restaurants put so much effort in presenting food is that the owners want to get popular online and get more customers. Naturally, this backfires more often than not because the presentation is impractical and just plain bizarre. There’s also the added question of money: do restaurants jack up their prices just because they spent an inordinate amount of cash on random things for serving food on?

The next time you’re out for dinner with your friends at your local artsy restaurant, watch their reactions when everything leaves the kitchen served on twigs, logs, and leaves. If your friends’ eyes light up and they start posting photos online, they might just be a ‘We Want Plates’ enthusiast.

#7

Saw This On Twitter

Saw This On Twitter

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Neon Petra
Community Member
1 year ago

That's not how you use a urinal.

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#8

I Guess I'm Not Supposed To Eat My Soup?

I Guess I'm Not Supposed To Eat My Soup?

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Foxxy
Community Member
1 year ago

Drink it instead.

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#9

My Boyfriend Was Just Served A Bloody Mary In A Fry Basket

My Boyfriend Was Just Served A Bloody Mary In A Fry Basket

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Neon Petra
Community Member
1 year ago

That looks really, really unappetising. In a fry basket would look cool, but guys... it's a liquid. Let it stay in a glass.

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#10

Ravioli On A Clothesline, As You Do

Ravioli On A Clothesline, As You Do

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Vanessa
Community Member
1 year ago

ok this made me laugh a little :D

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#11

Curry On A Chopping Board

Curry On A Chopping Board

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wandile dludlu
Community Member
1 year ago

It would have made better sense to have the rice on the board and curry in the bowl

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#12

It Has A Plate... But Still

It Has A Plate... But Still

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Evgeniya Khon
Community Member
1 year ago

Hope that meat did not come from an actual rat

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#13

This Dessert Trend Needs To Stop

This Dessert Trend Needs To Stop

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nanashi
Community Member
1 year ago

I can't even begin to think how to consume those without making a mess

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#14

Why?????

Why?????

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nanashi
Community Member
1 year ago

sunbathing with the (unborn) kids

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#15

This Is The Most Awful Thing Ever. Broccoli Impaled On A Metal... Thing?

This Is The Most Awful Thing Ever. Broccoli Impaled On A Metal... Thing?

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Lenka Fedor
Community Member
1 year ago

I think it supposed to be a tree. Like from the Lord of the rings. :) :) :)

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#16

Self Cleaning Bowl

Self Cleaning Bowl

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hispanic! at the disco
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Ugh this makes me feel gross just looking at it.

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#17

I Was Served 3 Chips On A Log

I Was Served 3 Chips On A Log

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Daniel Lewis
Community Member
1 year ago

Maybe they are wood chips.

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#18

Your Food Directly From The Shovel To The Table

Your Food Directly From The Shovel To The Table

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Ceejay Avilez
Community Member
1 year ago

That's kind of cool

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#19

Raspberry Ice Cream On A Twig, In A Hole Drilled Into A Rock

Raspberry Ice Cream On A Twig, In A Hole Drilled Into A Rock

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Evgeniya Khon
Community Member
1 year ago

What did the cook smoke?

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#20

Love It When Sand Gets In My Soup

Love It When Sand Gets In My Soup

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Neon Petra
Community Member
1 year ago

Who thought this would be a good idea? The soup looks like vomit and the sand looks like that stuff they use to clean up vomit with.

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#21

Fish Are Friends, Not Food

Fish Are Friends, Not Food

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MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
1 year ago

that's animal torture. not cool

Bianka Murillo
Community Member
1 year ago

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I hope you are vegan then..

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RaroaRaroa
Community Member
1 year ago

The fact they're sitting on the bottom suggest they're not doing well. I would have walked out without eating.

Stimpy
Community Member
1 year ago

Yeah and taking the fish with me, to rescue them

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Stimpy
Community Member
1 year ago

Now, that's awful...

Red
Community Member
1 year ago

im just saying but there is nowhere near enough water

Joannie Goulet
Community Member
1 year ago

Animals are not props. This is horrible.

ZombieGirl5591
Community Member
1 year ago

This is so sad

Phantom Captain
Community Member
1 year ago

WTF! This really upsets me.

Valerie Lessard
Community Member
1 year ago

no, no, no...this is fucking cruelty

Monika Rhodes
Community Member
1 year ago

Poor fish, they're huge. Where is the rest of the water?

The Girl on Fire
Community Member
1 year ago

Those fish do not have nearly enough water. This makes me sad.

Rose
Community Member
1 year ago

Someone call the cops! Animal abuse!!!

Ashley Say Whaat?!?
Community Member
1 year ago

Ah man, I don't like this. I'd be really upset if I was served this. Poor fish.

Bonita
Community Member
1 year ago

Beside the fact that fish are not an accessory, look at the ergonomics of trying to eat from a plate under ones chin! C'mon! Pretentious twats!

Lyop
Community Member
1 year ago

The mans expression says it all!!

Taffy Lindley
Community Member
1 year ago

Those fish have too little water and no oxygen in it and they look like they are about to die

Mia Cardenas
Community Member
1 year ago

The things some people will do for a dollar. :-(

Dani
Community Member
1 year ago

This is not okay on a lot of levels.

Louise B
Community Member
1 year ago

The look on that poor man's face says it all. I'm not even going to start on the cruelty. What is wrong with these people 😕

mntryjoseph
Community Member
1 year ago

I don't think the man gave two hoots about the fish, seeing he ate the food on the plate.

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RitaGG
Community Member
1 year ago

What's the name of this place so I can boycott.

Lisa S
Community Member
1 year ago

That's just fricking cruel. Those poor fish

Rabite
Community Member
1 year ago

Extra points if the dish on the fish was fish itself. Because it's only animal cruelty and torture if you have to witness it yourself.

Elena Adams
Community Member
1 year ago

That dude's face

Fiona Messenger
Community Member
1 year ago

This is not uncommon in some upmarket restaurants. Hundreds of fish die horribly all for fashion.

Ruby
Community Member
1 year ago

Is that a dog bowl underneath??

Ceejay Avilez
Community Member
1 year ago

Feed them the crumbs you big meanie.

Bunny Lady
Community Member
1 year ago

That's disgusting! Those poor fish!

Trisha Lynn
Community Member
11 months ago

Enjoy eating our Mama, you bastard.

Trin Merrick
Community Member
1 year ago

Fish freak me out (yes I know i’m Weird) so I would not be sitting there eating anything served like this

heidi holmes
Community Member
1 year ago

That is repulsive! What self respecting chef would think it is in any way okay to serve this to a customer! If you are against animal cruelty then don't go into the food industry! You don't have to shove your concepts or beliefs on the rest of the world! Ugh! What a sick person!

Sonia Rudolph
Community Member
1 year ago

His expression is priceless!

David Manhart
Community Member
1 year ago

I love sushi, but this is going too far.

Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
1 year ago

Not enough water also because they’re sitting the bottom it means they don’t have enough oxygen. Poor fish.

Dave “DodgyMerchant” Thompson
Community Member
1 year ago

Ridiculous

Louise Brigance
Community Member
1 year ago

The waiter looks a bit queasy over this.

Noah Campbell
Community Member
1 year ago

They make other things like this... I've seen glass, water filled platform heels with goldfish in them. Having experience with owning fish, nothing would last long in those, especially goldfish.

Suzanne Parvin
Community Member
1 year ago

Is this their first day as a human?

Serena Larsen
Community Member
1 year ago

Cruel, dude, cruel.

Dawn K
Community Member
1 year ago

Absolutely not!! Whoever came up with this idea should be hauled off to jail for animal abuse. This makes me so angry.

Lisa
Community Member
1 year ago

Lots of empty seats in the background.... ijs.

Haleema
Community Member
1 year ago

this is the worst one ,cruel bastards

Sophia Trinh
Community Member
1 year ago

The fish look depressed. Probably have some anxiety disorder too. Too many people staring...

Sally Hudd
Community Member
1 year ago

I would probably have ended up in jail.

Toast Of Saint Louis
Community Member
1 year ago

The look 9n his face lol.

Dalton Andrade
Community Member
1 year ago

This place should be hugely fined for animal cruelty... Not nice!

Lisa Georgette
Community Member
1 year ago

The plate cuts off oxygen to the fish! Cruel and inhumane!

Joyce Brazel
Community Member
1 year ago

MAYBE IT IS FOR DECORE?

Jonny Chevalier
Community Member
1 year ago

Well the fish. Don’t like it.the oxogen is cut off so the suffocate as you eat....

Celtic Pirate Queen
Community Member
1 year ago

The look on his face says it all.

Kenneth V. Jørgensen
Community Member
1 year ago

Do-it-yourself-sushi :-) - ?

Steven Meyer
Community Member
1 year ago

This is taking fresh fish to a whole new level

Ashley Wright
Community Member
1 year ago

Another gross display

egracec
Community Member
1 year ago

My boss was asked to do something similar with a very fancy vase and a floral arrangement in the top. Even though there was air flow through the stems of the flowers, the fish were dead the next morning. And it was delivered(before the fish died) to his girlfriend, at work, in a restaurant.

Shirley Heyn
Community Member
1 year ago

What, you wait 'til they float to the top, then eat them?

Bobby Sammons
Community Member
1 year ago

Hey, they are under the plate

Doubanji
Community Member
1 year ago

Those fish don't have anywhere near enough water, let alone space. This is just sad!!

Lauren Niewold
Community Member
1 year ago

Horrible!

Jigs Gabest
Community Member
1 year ago

where's Nemo?

Chara
Community Member
1 year ago

where is this so I can go steal/rescue a bunch of fish

Simba
Community Member
1 year ago

I pray that is not a hot plate holding the fishbowl! 😱🤬

Cathy Hinz
Community Member
1 year ago

Who comes up with this crap? A 9 year old?

Kelly
Community Member
1 year ago

What a shame!

Ivana Bogdan
Community Member
1 year ago

I will probably bring them home and order something else, maybe salad, just in case :)

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#22

My Parents Sent Me This Picture From Their Vacation In Italy

My Parents Sent Me This Picture From Their Vacation In Italy

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Samantha Comerford
Community Member
1 year ago

I like this one, the food looks nice also

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#23

So I Went To Eat Hot Pot Today...

So I Went To Eat Hot Pot Today...

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Asat Voong
Community Member
1 year ago

Lady Gaga meat dress 2010

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#24

My Wife's Cocktail Was Served In A Hollow Stone And Had To Be Drunk Through The Hole, Without A Straw

My Wife's Cocktail Was Served In A Hollow Stone And Had To Be Drunk Through The Hole, Without A Straw

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NWB
Community Member
1 year ago

could be anything in there!?!?!

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#25

Pizza Served On Hooks

Pizza Served On Hooks

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Jesper Rasmussen
Community Member
1 year ago

How does the topping stay on?? 🤔

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#26

Pizza On A Snowboard

Pizza On A Snowboard

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Neon Petra
Community Member
1 year ago

Next up: Spaghetti on Skiis!

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#27

Our Appetizer In A Shoe. They Refused My Request To Try It On Or Take It Home.

Our Appetizer In A Shoe. They Refused My Request To Try It On Or Take It Home.

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Rinpai
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1 year ago

I think the most insulting thing is that they think 3 tots is enough for a serving.

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#28

Horrifying

Horrifying

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Valerie Lessard
Community Member
1 year ago

this is one of those tiny portion restaurants where you're supposed to eat at home first

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#29

Someone I Know Got Her Food On Some Kind Of Bone

Someone I Know Got Her Food On Some Kind Of Bone

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Koalamonster
Community Member
1 year ago

I want to know what kind of bone that is!!! Also if it's easy to clean/ sanitize.... but mostly what it came out of.

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#30

Literaly 6 Nachos For The Whole Table

Literaly 6 Nachos For The Whole Table

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wandile dludlu
Community Member
1 year ago

More dip than nachos

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