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Doughnuts and doggy bags

I'm still day-dreaming about the snack I had yesterday afternoon: cool, smooth bitter-sweet blood orange juice with a plain sugar doughnut, the sugary crunch of the crystals and lovely contrast to the gentle tartness of the juice.

The other week, the BBC had an article on how British people do not take away their leftovers when they've ordered too much food in a restaurant. Choice quote:
Even a swanky restaurant like the three-Michelin star Waterside Inn in Bray would give you a bag, although it admits it has never actually had such a request.

"If they did ask, the customer comes first so we would do it," says Gina Curtis, secretary to chef Alain Roux.

"I don't think they will ever ask, they have too much money to ask."
I keep thinking about this. Surely it would be more likely that their patrons just wouldn't expect a place which doesn't do takeaway to have takeaway containers? I would think people with "too much money" would be much more likely to ask to takeaway their leftovers at the same sorts of places everyone else would expect to be able to, at least in the US.

I would be rather surprised if many three-Michelin star restaurants in the US stocked takeaway containers for those who over-ordered, frankly. But do enlighten me if otherwise!



Oct. 24th, 2011 05:26 am (UTC)

I concur that [small] portion size is largely responsible for lack-of-leftovers: either there's nothing left, or there is so-close-to-nothing left that leftovers are impractical.

I would not let that stop me from asking, however, even if only, say, a palm-sized portion remained -- in previous years, for example, I have taken my/our straggly raven-picked remnants from Pizzeria Uno, boxed them, and given them to the first homeless gent(s) who cross my path.

-- Sven
(and no, Uno's is not a high-class restaurant in my view)