Yelping around looking for a restaurant to go out, I wanted to share a few photographs of fancy food plating that, IMO, fails to create an inspiring, attractive plate. These all come from the same restaurant however those are customer pics, and honestly some of their plates are beautiful, however for this thread I wanted to stick to what doesn't work for me. Note that this is a fairly fancy restaurant, with the average main course running $26 to $34.
1. Seafood salad
Not so sure about that tire mark at the bottom of the plate. Even once I've read it's actually olive tapenade, it doesn't make it look any better.
2. Rib eye steak
Too much stuff on the plate? Where's the steak?
3. Breakfast Burger
What? Is that really an authentic burger? Looks like an egg Benedict with a burger patty? Actually this one doesn't look half bad once you get past the fact that this is not your typical fast food burger. But what's that light pink sauce? Beef blood? Hmmm....
This probably looked amazing in the mind of the chef, and it probably still looks amazing on a cold day. But it's hot in L.A.!! I'm not even looking forward to tasting that transparent liquidy-gel stuff on the plate.
5. Carrot Cake
I understand the current trend to make desserts look messy (dirts, soils, powders, foams, etc....) but this may be taking things a bit far.