The competition in the restaurant industry is brutal. So, it's only natural that establishments want to offer people something the joint down the street still doesn't have on its menu. But if the sole purpose of standing out is simply to stand, it can quickly lead to something hilarious. Or ridiculous. Or even worse, both.

Bored Panda already wrote about restaurants trying to impress their customers too hard here, here, and here but people continue posting pictures of absurd food servings, so we continue covering them. From eating spaghetti off the fricking table to receiving your starter in a sink, continue scrolling to check out the newest batch of Gordon Ramsay's nightmares.

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#1

Here's My Cocktail. With Ducks. In A Bath

Here's My Cocktail. With Ducks. In A Bath

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Vanessa
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3 months ago

CUTE!

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Most of these pics were featured on We Want Plates, a community of regular people and dedicated foodies who came together to get restaurants to serve food on actual plates, not on “bits of wood and roof tiles, chips in mugs and drinks in jam jars.”

“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," Ross McGinnes, the founder of the We Want Plates said in an earlier Bored Panda interview. "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."

#2

This Whole Thing Is Just Wrong!

This Whole Thing Is Just Wrong!

"So I went on a date today and we went to a nice restaurant before going to the movies and I ordered the “iced grape popsicles” for dessert because I love grape Popsicles so why not right?…..so the waiter brings out the “iced grape popsicles” aND THEY WERE LITERALLY 3 FROZEN GRAPES ON STICKS…..I HAVE NEVER BEEN MORE OFFENDED IN MY LIFE…SINCE WHEN ARE 3 [FRIGGIN] FROZEN GRAPES IN A [FRIGGIN] VASE AN ACCEPTABLE SINGLE DESSERT ORDER..ITS NOT EVEN FROZEN GRAPE JUICE OR SOMETHING ITS LITERALLY JUST A 0.02$ GRAPE THAT WAS PUT ON A STICK THEN FROZEN…LIKE SOMEONE ACTUALLY WROTE THIS DOWN ON THE MENU THINKING “OH YEAH PEOPLE [FRIGGIN] LOVE COLD GRAPES” AND SOME OTHER ASSHAT SAID “BRAH. HEAR ME OUT, HOW ABOUT WE PUT THEM ON STICKS AND SERVE THEM IN A VASE WITH NOTHING ELSE” LIKE YOU COULDNT EVEN SERVE IT WITH A [FRIGGIN] SECOND FRUIT OR EVEN [FRIGGIN] LEAVES OR WHATEVER… IM SO MAD. [FRIGGIN] FROZEN GRAPES ON A STICK.

AND THEY WERENT EVEN SEEDLESS GRAPES…"

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The Emerald Triangle
Community Member
3 months ago

Did you read the fine print under the description of the item you ordered? That was the exact fricken comment I got from a waiter once.

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As We Want Plates continues to grow, McGinnes said the worst food serving he has ever encountered was when he got a piece of cake on a table tennis bat in Barcelona around 2008. "It still gives me sleepless nights," he said.

It's style over content, and McGiness thinks too much time is spent faffing around balancing six chips in a mini wheelbarrow. When these stunts become the focus, the flavour becomes secondary. And that's not a good thing.

#3

Though This Really Is The Stairway To Heaven

Though This Really Is The Stairway To Heaven

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Panda Lurker
Community Member
3 months ago

I like it

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#4

Most Expensive Restaurant I've Ever Been. Chef Literally Made The Starter In Our Hand

Most Expensive Restaurant I've Ever Been. Chef Literally Made The Starter In Our Hand

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Nadine
Community Member
3 months ago

Ug! It reminds me of a bloot clot.

Anne
Community Member
3 months ago

It usually doesn't have parsley on top.. but yeah..

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MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
3 months ago

looks like what my uterus produces monthly to announce lack of occupation

Rose the Cook
Community Member
3 months ago

Apart from defying all hygene laws, just what was it supposed to be?

fuggnuggins
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3 months ago

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This doesn't violate a single hygiene rule.

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Tiffany Marie
Community Member
3 months ago

How much did you pay for that BS?

ruthenium the ruther
Community Member
3 months ago

And may I ask why you actually LET them do that?

Sonja
Community Member
3 months ago

did they make you wash your hands first?

Id row
Community Member
3 months ago

Expensive often just means pretentious. You got what you paid for.

F. H.
Community Member
3 months ago

Pretentious definitely, but as soon as it gets inconvinient, the chef should start questioning his skills.

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Tara Stevens
Community Member
3 months ago

That is revolting!

Carole Reid
Community Member
3 months ago

What is that?

Cold Contagious
Community Member
3 months ago

So disgusting 😡. Looks like spaghetti sauce with raw liver on top, finished with whipped egg yolk and spinach. I wouldn't feed that to my dog and I would be pissed if it was put in my hand.

Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

And, you're supposed to lick that off your hand like primitive man? That is just too way out there for me.

desert29rat
Community Member
3 months ago

I don't even want to say what that looks like, but I'd check for large birds overhead.

Damon Gates
Community Member
3 months ago

...with a severe intestinal bleed!

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Tahani
Community Member
3 months ago

I would walk out at once after smacking that crap on the floor.... it’s revolting and does not even look like food.....

Anaïs Ballestra
Community Member
3 months ago

Well, I have to disagree with this one as I've been in I think the same restaurant in Madrid. The Chef is a 3 stars chef and, of course, the hygiene is very strict. The idea is that extreme simplicity for presentation can be amazingly surprising and, for myself, it was. One of the weirdest but best dinner experience in my life and I do regret to see this picture here.

Lindsey Judd-Bruder
Community Member
3 months ago

Does the chef make the customer wash their hands, before he plops the food into their palm??

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Luna Lovebug
Community Member
3 months ago

Yeah, I would politely refuse

gracefullikeagazelle
Community Member
3 months ago

And the serviette was a baby diaper??

Meyer Weinstock
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

I'm guessing it's some land-animal organ meat and/or invertebrate sea-food dish in an aspic-type gelatine, with Hollandaise & parsley...ewwwwww.

Susan Svitak
Community Member
3 months ago

should be the cheapest restaurant since they don't even use plates!

The Emerald Triangle
Community Member
3 months ago

Sooo....are plates now forbidden in restaurants as apart of the "reopening" stages?

imbored_101
Community Member
3 months ago

YOU STUPID PEOPLE ARE DISGUSTING

Wendy Lam
Community Member
3 months ago

Yikes! Even Tojo’s don’t do that

Felicia Dale
Community Member
3 months ago

No.

F. H.
Community Member
3 months ago

In an expensive restaurant, I would definitely complain, maybe even ask to speak to the chef. This is a gimmick, not something a fancy restaurant should do. A good proof that the chef sucks at his job.

Just Carmen
Community Member
3 months ago

That is just disgusting. Is this in the US? Cause if it is, I'm pretty sure that's a health code violation right there!

Caprice Percle
Community Member
3 months ago

I would have handed it back!

Laura Crawley
Community Member
3 months ago

So not quarantined

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
3 months ago

GET IT OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thomas Ewing
Community Member
3 months ago

Not the way to do life properly.

Todd Hollfelder
Community Member
3 months ago

Really... what is it?

Maximuscleoromeo Maximuscleoromeo
Community Member
2 months ago

hope they made you wash your hands first

Rowan Sheffield
Community Member
2 months ago

I guess it was that time of the month...

Faith Nicole
Community Member
3 months ago

That's a terrible idea, and looks disgusting..whatever that goop is

Jennifer Brown
Community Member
3 months ago

God I hope their hands were clean!

Wendy Emlinger (ManyTotems)
Community Member
3 months ago

Ick! This is not sanitary or attractive. I want my food on a plate or in a bowl, not my hand. Do they at least give you a wet wipe or just leave you sitting there all sticky?

Wendy Emlinger (ManyTotems)
Community Member
3 months ago

I don't want to wear my food, I want to eat it, preferably from a plate or a bowl. Do they hand you wet wipes after they serve this mess? Or just leave you sitting there all sticky?

Ben Raines
Community Member
3 months ago

Yuck.

Manyin Tom
Community Member
3 months ago

How much this pool of diarrhea cost ?

Sharon Hultquist
Community Member
3 months ago

Did he then wash your hand? Yuck

Megan Navonod
Community Member
3 months ago

WTF. Wipe it on the chef's coat and head over to Nando's

Dorothy Cloud
Community Member
3 months ago

After one hand was done, I wouldn't stick my out there!

Jenny Guarr
Community Member
3 months ago

I would have pretended to sneeze into my hand right after the chef finished, looked around, wiped my hand on the table cloth and asked the chef to start all over again. Bet that would be the last time they tried to serve food into my hand.

Nancy A Clark
Community Member
3 months ago

WHY?... and again I ask, WHY?!

Sue Clifford
Community Member
3 months ago

Yuck

KatKaleen
Community Member
3 months ago

Yeah, thanks, no.

Fieke Engelen
Community Member
3 months ago

what do you do? Slurp it?

Margaret Worrall
Community Member
3 months ago

Blood clot with added pus.

Brenda Owens
Community Member
3 months ago

Next you'll want me to bring my own dang plates.

Amy Pontious
Community Member
3 months ago

Gross!

Elizabeth
Community Member
3 months ago

It looks like after birth nastiness

Celtic Pirate Queen
Community Member
3 months ago

Placenta a mano, anyone?

Sandra Nicht
Community Member
3 months ago

ew

Brandie Howard
Community Member
3 months ago

What is that?? REALLY..

Sarah Nunns
Community Member
3 months ago

What is that? Seriously it looks revolting, it would still look revolting if it was served on a plate, yuck!

Kirsten Berry
Community Member
3 months ago

It’s supposed to be an amuse bouche, not an amuse main.

Lesley Langlois
Community Member
3 months ago

My bouche is not amused.

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Wilma Sliwiak
Community Member
3 months ago

What IS that?!

Paige Garberding
Community Member
3 months ago

What Nadine said. Ewwww!

Perfumista Perfumista
Community Member
3 months ago

I do hope they supplied hot towels before and after

KT Trondsen
Community Member
3 months ago

That is disgusting and so unsanitary

Rob N
Community Member
3 months ago

Do you just slurp it off your hand or did you use a spoon? 😷

Sam T Godfrey
Community Member
3 months ago

Ooo! Lance it! I want to see it explode!

JuliaV
Community Member
3 months ago

I get the revulsion, but must now ask... were you supposed to eat it with or without silverware? and how did it taste? Really.... too funny.

cybermerlin2000
Community Member
3 months ago

Are you supposed to eat it or kill it?

Caroline Driver
Community Member
3 months ago

Pretentious bollocks.

Gitte Løyche
Community Member
3 months ago

Disgusting!

Jo Ellen Washburn
Community Member
3 months ago

Ahaha! Pretentious much, chef?

Chris DiFonso
Community Member
3 months ago

Whatever it is, it looks extremely gross

Lyone Fein
Community Member
3 months ago

Disgusting

SF Angel
Community Member
3 months ago

I’m too much of a lady to say what that looks like

John Baker
Community Member
3 months ago

I'm not sure what that is, but I'm sure I wouldn't eat it.

Teresa Groth
Community Member
3 months ago

I won’t tell you what it reminds me of!

Ann McNeil
Community Member
3 months ago

I was thinking a chunk of raw liver .....

Mónica Elisabeth Sacco
Community Member
3 months ago

And then you lick it?

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
3 months ago

WTH?!?!? No thank you... You put any food on a plate, please...

Laura Deckers
Community Member
3 months ago

Literally? In your hand? Literally?

Tambot
Community Member
3 months ago

That is disgusting. Going too far to be creative.

Mumof1
Community Member
3 months ago

bird poo.

CharliAnn Olney
Community Member
3 months ago

Uuukkkk

Patricia Brown
Community Member
3 months ago

lick it up, doggos. Ick.

Cathryn Cade
Community Member
3 months ago

I can't even ... that is so disgusting.

Candy Sheppard
Community Member
3 months ago

chicken liver?

Alex Darc
Community Member
3 months ago

This is repulsive

Flavia Slag
Community Member
3 months ago

Ahh nope.

Kimberley Thomas
Community Member
3 months ago

Why in the hand instead of on a plate? To save on washing dishes? Or for a more memorable experience?

Kelly
Community Member
3 months ago

It's a no.

Scratch
Community Member
3 months ago

You should have slapped them in the face with it. Talk about a wasted opportunity.

Magpie
Community Member
3 months ago

I have prescription lotion on my hands most times.......not a taste i like.

Gerry Higgins
Community Member
3 months ago

It looks like the chef couched something up in their hand. A blood clot... a cancer or something.

Bron
Community Member
3 months ago

Ewwwww!

Sue Knerl
Community Member
3 months ago

Ummm......gross.

CatWoman312
Community Member
3 months ago

I did a tasting menu at a fancy restaurant in Toronto. The first course came out in what appeared to be a doll’s dish. I’m not complaining ever again over that lol

Suzanne Clark
Community Member
3 months ago

HA! It looks worse than a bloot clot ;-) I think those are worse than blood clots.

Panda with Heart
Community Member
3 months ago

That looks disgusting!

pebs
Community Member
3 months ago

This is unacceptable!

Stille20
Community Member
3 months ago

That's annoying

LittleMissPanda
Community Member
3 months ago

It looks absolutely disgusting :/ I'm sorry

Orionpax75
Community Member
3 months ago

First of all I'm not letting any chef do that on my hands. Second that app was probably 70-80 bucks foh!!

LittleMissLotus
Community Member
3 months ago

Think I saw that washed up on a beach once

Nadine Bamberger
Community Member
3 months ago

That looks like bird diarrhea 🤢

Marc Schmandin
Community Member
3 months ago

Suspect this was at Mugaritz in San Sebastián.

chi-wei shen
Community Member
3 months ago

That's outright disgusting.

Blackheart
Community Member
3 months ago

Can you say corona virus infused?

fuggnuggins
Community Member
3 months ago

Yes. Many chefs HATE YOU WHINY, OBNOXIOUS CUNTS. This would definitely put a smile on my face.

ulku tuna
Community Member
3 months ago

It looks like infected vaginal discharge

Hans
Community Member
3 months ago

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Hm...poo on serum with a drop of pus on top of it.

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#5

My Friend Was Served A Single Potato On A Tiny Chair

My Friend Was Served A Single Potato On A Tiny Chair

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lilu
Community Member
3 months ago

no couchpotato

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#6

The One Vegetarian Entrée At This Restaurant Is Served Inside The Shell Of A Dead Sea Creature

The One Vegetarian Entrée At This Restaurant Is Served Inside The Shell Of A Dead Sea Creature

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Woody
Community Member
3 months ago

Lol

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#7

Carrot Served On A Telephone

Carrot Served On A Telephone

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Hans
Community Member
3 months ago

Just...why?

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#8

Saw This On A Friend’s Instagram. The Horror

Saw This On A Friend’s Instagram. The Horror

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JuJu
Community Member
3 months ago

Flying spaghetti monster decided to land on your table to convert you?

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#9

Saw A Bird Nest Post Here And Thought This Was Comparable

Saw A Bird Nest Post Here And Thought This Was Comparable

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Blackheart
Community Member
3 months ago

One more: Did they hit that with a car?

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#10

Spaghetti Bolognese In A Bread Cone

Spaghetti Bolognese In A Bread Cone

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EA
Community Member
3 months ago

How is it possible to make one of the best meals to eat, universally loved, look SO unappealing...

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#11

Our Sharing Starter Came In A Sink

Our Sharing Starter Came In A Sink

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Sonja
Community Member
3 months ago

wash your hands...oh...wait a sec...

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#12

It’s Getting Out Of Hand

It’s Getting Out Of Hand

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Blackheart
Community Member
3 months ago

Why would you want food on some decrepit, dirty, yard sale find?

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#13

“Don’t Eat The Rocks” - Waiter Upon Serving

“Don’t Eat The Rocks” - Waiter Upon Serving

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Natalie Scott
Community Member
3 months ago

This would be better if the waiter whispered 'they're not rocks' after his warning, then walked away and left you guessing what they are.

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#14

The Jello Tasted Alright, Nothing Special

The Jello Tasted Alright, Nothing Special

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The Emerald Triangle
Community Member
3 months ago

I'm a woman but oh that is just utterly disgusting.

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#15

Not Shown: The Sauce Proceeding To Spill Onto My Lap

Not Shown: The Sauce Proceeding To Spill Onto My Lap

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Blackheart
Community Member
3 months ago

This is the worst one. Waste of perfectly good chocolate syrup.

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#16

Just Why??

Just Why??

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
3 months ago

What the F*** were they thinking?

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#17

Not A Plate, But An Actual Glass Would Be Nice

Not A Plate, But An Actual Glass Would Be Nice

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nanashi
Community Member
3 months ago

that's what you get for a few cents from a street hawker, not in a fancy ass restaurant where you pay extra for dine in service.

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#18

Cheese Served On A Mouse Trap

Cheese Served On A Mouse Trap

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EA
Community Member
3 months ago

That thing looks nasty. Absolutely filthy.

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#19

We Demand Plates

We Demand Plates

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Blackheart
Community Member
3 months ago

This literally is box mac and cheese with dinosaur chicken nuggets. You can do this at home with a plate.

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#20

I'm Gonna Swing From The Chandelier, From The Chandelier

I'm Gonna Swing From The Chandelier, From The Chandelier

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R L
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

Dinner in Hannibal Lecter's house.

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#21

Steak And Mashed Taters In A Sombrero

Steak And Mashed Taters In A Sombrero

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Blackheart
Community Member
3 months ago

Look at the rim of the hatband. They do not clean this plate.

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#22

This Broccoli On Barbed Wire

This Broccoli On Barbed Wire

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The Emerald Triangle
Community Member
3 months ago

Just 4 pieces? That better be gold flakes on the sh*t if I got to pry it off of Bob wire.

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#23

Sorbetto With Foam Served In A Lightbulb On A Bed Of Dried Grass

Sorbetto With Foam Served In A Lightbulb On A Bed Of Dried Grass

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visvalin Vamadevan
Community Member
3 months ago

That portion is minuscule anyways to be able to fit in a lightbulb.

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#24

Dinner At A Corporate Christmas Party. Mashed Potatoes, Roast Beef, And Peas In A Martini Glass

Dinner At A Corporate Christmas Party. Mashed Potatoes, Roast Beef, And Peas In A Martini Glass

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Blackheart
Community Member
3 months ago

I have a friend who cannot stand it when her food touches each other. This is her nightmare.

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#25

Didn't Expect My Appetizer To Be Served Inside A Dresser But Ok

Didn't Expect My Appetizer To Be Served Inside A Dresser But Ok

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
3 months ago

I'm certain they will not clean the drawers properly.

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#26

The Syrup Is Already Going Down His Arm

The Syrup Is Already Going Down His Arm

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Hans
Community Member
3 months ago

This is just stupid.

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#27

My Friend's Ramen Was Served In A Beer Mug

My Friend's Ramen Was Served In A Beer Mug

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The Emerald Triangle
Community Member
3 months ago

Nah! Just a really big worm in the tequila bottle. (Okay maybe a tapeworm).

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#28

Gordon Got Served A Steak On A Roof Tile

Gordon Got Served A Steak On A Roof Tile

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Valquerys
Community Member
3 months ago

Wait, isn’t this from kitchen nightmares?

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#29

Burgers As Garnish In A Bloody Mary

Burgers As Garnish In A Bloody Mary

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Rose the Cook
Community Member
3 months ago

A soggy burger.

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#30

Lol Excuse Me?

Lol Excuse Me?

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Sonja
Community Member
3 months ago

Hello, salmonea, my old friend..

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#31

$500 Tasting Menu, And This Is How Dessert Was Served...

$500 Tasting Menu, And This Is How Dessert Was Served...

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Blackheart
Community Member
3 months ago

Gummy bear chunks

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#32

At A Conference In Houston

At A Conference In Houston

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Slinkman
Community Member
3 months ago

ohno... The chef has kicked the bucket.

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#33

Not In Need Of A Plate, But A Bowl Would Have Been Nice As Opposed To This Wine Glass For My Soup, Which Was Poured At The Table Out Of A Wine Bottle

Not In Need Of A Plate, But A Bowl Would Have Been Nice As Opposed To This Wine Glass For My Soup, Which Was Poured At The Table Out Of A Wine Bottle

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Blackheart
Community Member
3 months ago

Again with hot liquids in glass.

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#34

This Is Not Acceptable.

This Is Not Acceptable.

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
3 months ago

I can't decide what's worse, the duck or the bag.

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#35

Scrolling Through Instagram This Morning And Found This

Scrolling Through Instagram This Morning And Found This

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elia 84631
Community Member
3 months ago

Actually, it isn't bad idea to use a fancy bottle

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