Is it just me or the elite American restaurants are actually pretentious ?

Oct 14, 2019 20 Comments

Yes, I am not American, and yes I dont visit the $$$$ restaurants unless its a office sponsored party or a very special occasion. I am not a cheapskate either, and I do love exploring different cuisines. But whenever I have been to these 'fine dining' restaurants in US, I have always felt like 'WTF is on my plate' ? In my last dinner at an upscale restaurant in Seattle which has extremely good reviews, I had 3 ounces of Wagyu filet mignon which cost 130$. All could taste is the overwhelming flavour of butter in it. I mean if you put enough butter in to cardboard, it probably would be palatable too. We had ordered a seafood platter for starters, which probably was around 250$. And all I could see was just 8 to 10 boiled shrimps, few crabs and crayfish laid out on ice. No seasoning, not even salt, no accompanying condiments, just a bowl of mayo on the side. I mean how lazy can you be ?
I get it that they have these good looking people to wait and serve, and the service indeed is outstanding, but shouldnt a restaurant first be about food ? And whats up with people going gaga over these places, what am I missing? There were few people in the dinner group who had been to this restaurant multiple times and they were praising the food so much, I have no clue why.


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  • Twitter


    It’s all trolling and shitposts.
    a.a.milne more
    American elite restaurants are the least pretentious anywhere in the world. I’ve been to $1000 places in hoodies.
    Check out restaurants in Europe. They are full of themselves
    Oct 14, 2019 0
  • Google superpower
    Yes, it's pretentious and doesn't make sense.
    Oct 14, 2019 0
  • The only "experience" you get is - feeling rich. So that one can tell others "casually" that they've been to that Fine dining restaurant..

    It's not just restaurants.. It's wine, hotels, spas, weddings.. Just that momentary feeling of being better than others..

    because if the same food was served to them at a regular restaurant, they would make faces..
    Oct 14, 2019 0
  • Amazon / Eng

    Amazon Eng

    Ya same, sometimes I go to McDonalds and get a McRib, and the next day go to a steakhouse and think “wow, basically the same thing, just one is like 20 times more expensive”.

    Common occurrence, happens a lot.
    Oct 14, 2019 0
  • Trustwave / Consultant

    Trustwave Consultant

    Don't know what restaurant you went to, but generally fine dining restaurants are worth every penny. It's true that not everyone has the palate to be able to distinguish truly masterful food, especially if they've had an overabundance of spicy food in their lives.
    Filer mignon does not have a lot of flavor in it - which is why chefs and gourmands do not order it. Wagyu has so much marbling in it that a Wagyu filet would indeed taste mostly like a block of butter. Better to go with more flavorful cuts.
    I wouldn't expect shellfish to come with a bunch of sauces either - the protein should stand on its own, not being covered up by a sauce. They're not typically boiled, either.
    Oct 14, 2019 1
    • Microsoft Forzademon
      Mm, if the protein needs to stand on its own, doesn't it mean the only value the restaurant is providing is the service? What's 'truly masterful' about about it?
      Oct 17, 2019
  • Microsoft techladki
    Many agree that food at fine dining places aren't necessarily tastier or healthier than low end places.

    Yet they continue to patronize fine dining places when they can have similar food elsewhere for half the cost.

    Makes no sense to me! Curious to know the perspective of someone who pays out of pocket door fine dining places.
    Oct 15, 2019 0
  • Uber / Eng mH7bSe
    It is like COSPLAY.
    Oct 15, 2019 0
  • Amazon akD8jA
    Yes, there was no need to complicate something as simple as eating food. But if mankind was that smart we wouldn't be dealing with climate change today.
    Oct 14, 2019 0
  • Samsung


    Stressed out but surviving
    Have you been to fancy places in Paris? A million times more pretentious there
    Oct 14, 2019 0
  • Apple


    Software engineer
    No one is forcing you to go these restaurants. They mostly exist as a way to spend lots of money in a classy way or to meet other wealthy folk.
    Oct 14, 2019 2
    • Microsoft Forzademon
      Yup, no one is forcing, just wondering why these places are so popular.
      Oct 15, 2019
    • Microsoft techladki
      Sure, but why would anyone waste money and time on fine dining places, when you can do the same at decently upscale places but short of fine dining.
      Oct 15, 2019


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