I recently came across one of Yahoo’s properties called Shine (another portal for women – and couldn’t the world use one more of those) because of an article about the 10 worst food trends in a restaurant near you.
Food critic Jonathan Gold made the list, and I agree with many.
#1: “Changes and Modifications Politely Declined” – I always thought this italicized menu disclaimer was absurdly pompous and preposterous. If you are paying for the dinner, you should be able to get it how you want it – within reason. I understand that the chef might feel that all the flavors/textures work well together, but if I don’t like cilantro, just take it off.
#3: Untranslated menus – Yes, your Ris de veau selon l’humeur might be the best in town, but could you give me a slight hint about a key ingredient or two? If not, what is the purpose of having a menu to begin with?
#4: $5 tap water – I have long been mystified by the average consumer’s tolerance to spend absurd amounts of money on bottled water such as Fiji, Evian, etc. Where did this trend come from? Possibly the restaurant scene, which has been able to somehow charge for free tap water for some time now. Trickledown effect? – maybe so…
#10: Better living through chemistry/molecular gastronomy – regular food + liquid nitrogen. Enough said.
What food trends do you think are the pits?