OK, this morning I had “breakfast” in a diner that got good review on both Yelp and Trip Advisor. The quotation marks are there because the food was so terrible as to disqualify itself from being considered food at all. For example, the marbled rye toast looked like wholegrain, and it was so cold and dessicated the “butter” stayed completely solid. I could go on…
Later, I realized I should have taken some photos. THEN, I realized no one ever posts photos of bad food.
I was interrupted and posted before it was 100% ready.
What I find remarkable is that, while there’s no shortage of shared photos of good food, pics of bad food are rare. Why is that, do ya think? Is it aversion to even tacitly admitting we wasted time and money? Or maybe bad food just kills any interest beyond escape?
Well, buttressing a negative restaurant review is one, in a picture-worth-1000-words way. Also, instruction about how NOT to do something, e.g., plating, combinations, overcooking, garnishes, etc.
Here’s another concrete example. I was recently served a “taco burger” that not only contained no burger, but the refried beans inside were so thin and liquid that they ran out between the “brioche” buns like the proverbial $hi+ through a goose as soon as the atrocity was handled. Photos would have conveyed better than words ever could…
I see then on one and two star Yelp restaurant reviews, though the complaint is usually presentation, portion size, or price, and not always quality. Just saw one of a good looking grilled cheese sandwich from a local place where the complaint was it was $15 and nothing special.
My late father-in-law used to complain a lot about something like a BLT being “$10 for $1 worth of ingredients”. He obviously never owned a restaurant and would be horrified at today’s price.
Oh, I think we all review food and restaurant quality, whether or not we publish our reviews.
I haven’t named this place, and I won’t publish. That wasn’t the point of my OP. Rather, it was to ponder why published food photos are overwhelmingly put out in a positive vein when we all know bad food is quite common.
Here’s a picture of ugly but delicious food. It’s a take on a delicious salad I ate at a restaurant (now sadly closed).
It’s canapés with a base of puff pastry topped with goat cheese and tomato and baked. Then as soon as they come out of the oven you top them with a bit of cold tapenade and serve immediately. The combination of the hot and cold is really delicious.