The reasons behind using slate for serving the food
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.