Restaurants have started to use slates to serve food. I hope you would have come across this new method at least once when you went for eating out. For those who do not know what slates are – it is a kind of stone that is cut into a flat shape to use as restaurant plates. Most of the slates come with a mineral oil coating on the surface to make the cleaning process easy. But that is not the only reason why restaurants are using slates instead of regular plates. I will tell you what the reasons for serving food on slates or wood pieces are and then you will understand how ridiculous it seems.
The reason restaurants say is that their chefs can serve the food in a way that will give a feast to the customer’s eyes. They want the colors to pop out so that the customers are delighted. The chefs claim that the use of slates instead of restaurant plates will give a natural look to their dishes. But what I ask is – don’t the colors pop out on a white plate or a black plate?
Easy to clean:
Since the slates are flat you may think that it is easy to clean them. It may be easy to clean but whether it will be really clean after the process is yet to be proved. If you have observed the slates closely you can see that these stones are not really flat and there is a fair chance for the sauce and food particles to be stuck on the surface. Not all the slates are dishwasher-safe. To make it easy to clean the manufacturers apply mineral oil on the slates which do not sound good for health.
Do not break easily:
They say the slates do not break like restaurant plates. This is true because after all the slates are made of a type of stone but that does not mean that you can serve the food on any stone. There are alternatives like ceramic plates that are strong and do not break easily.
Another reason they say when asked is that the slates are cheaper when compared to the restaurant plates. But the dishes are never cheaper and there is no point if the customers are not satisfied with the dish presentation.Read More
There are restaurants that serve food on slates and this practice has gained popularity lately. This popularity is not because everyone agrees with this new change. There have been different comments about using restaurant slates for serving food. The slates that are used for serving food are a type of stone that can be cut into flat pieces and used to keep the food directly on the slate. The most common reason mentioned by the chefs is that it will give an aesthetic look to their dishes. For example, when you keep a piece of cheese on the dark colored slate it brightens the cheese and makes it attractive. This is applicable to all the dishes.
This practice is not right as it is explained by the restaurants. Restaurant slates may seem like the best option to serve food, but this is not the case always. Most of the customers are uncomfortable with the use of slates while serving the food. Nobody will like your gravy or juices from the food to spill all over the table. Not only that, have you ever thought whether these slates can be hygienic like the restaurant plates. We do not go to a restaurant to make sounds or experiment with the food. We simply go there to have something different and delicious. But what can you do if the knife and fork start to make noise that is irritating? Due to all these issues, you may see dinner or lunch becoming a disastrous one. It is supposed to be fun, but not sure it will be one if you get your food served on a slate.
Now, what about the health issues that can be caused by these slates? Most of the slate manufacturers use petroleum products or mineral oils to give a coating over the slate to make cleaning easy. But you cannot be sure that this will not cause any health issues. The aim is to give a colorful look for the dish, but health issues are not appealing to the customers. Personally, I have struggled to scrape out the last bit of the tasty dish on the slates and I think it is time for the restaurant plates to come back. The chef can arrange the food on a black plate if he/she wants. The slates may be cheaper than the restaurant plates but what is the point if you go for a “fine dining” and do not get one?