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The weight of food

The menu was full of extra numbers. The prices were in zlotys and euros, and then there were the extra numbers above them. It took a few pages of menu until I found the key: those extra numbers were in grams.

I haven't often seen the weight of a dish on menus, with the major exception of cuts of beef, but this proved a standard feature of restaurant menus in Wrocław. Half-a-duck would have two weights, presumably one including the bones, and the other without. Multi-part dishes might have three or even four weights listed, divided by slashes, presumably one for each part of the dish, the better to indicate proportionality.

The weighing of dishes went so far that we ended up having lunch at a self-service place which sold its really-quite-decent food by weight alone, tareing for the plate. It was a good compromise between all-you-can-eat buffet and the moderation of paying for quantity.

Surely all these restaurants would not have bothered listing weights were it not legally required, whether by local or national law. In any case, it was oddly more alien to me than the foods themselves, although helpful as well in trying not to order too large a dish from restaurants specializing in hearty meat-rich portions.

P.S. In the odd way the world sometimes worked, I ended up needing to make a reservation at a Polish restaurant in London while physically in Poland.


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Sep. 13th, 2010 02:27 pm (UTC)
I didn't notice weights on the menu in Latvia (but perhaps they existed and I just didn't notice?). However, the university canteen sold the salads by weight, just as you mentioned the buffet did. As you said, it does make a lot of sense.
Sep. 13th, 2010 04:24 pm (UTC)
They did that in Moldova to, but it was to trick you into paying more than you thought you would. It would give you the price for say, 20 grams, but would serve you 40, and then you'd be trying to figure out why your bill was twice what you thought it would be.
Sep. 14th, 2010 06:57 pm (UTC)
As someone who is following a weight loss program, that sounds very helpful. It is very difficult to figure out how much of something I'm consuming when I eat out. As a result, I've been bringing my lunch more. Not at all a bad thing and saving me money, but I would find it much easier to eat out if that type of info were provided.
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