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Last week, Eatocracy shared a compilation of restaurant pet peeves from friends and colleagues. In turn, we asked “What should we add to the menu of complaints?”
Over 1,500 responses later, and there are clearly two sides to every story. For every customer complaint, there wasn’t a waitstaff counterpoint far behind.
So, we decided to turn the tables: diners, you’re about to get served. Turns out industry folks have just as many grievances as customers do.
And in this corner, the waiters:
Steven Stern, a former fact checker and a full time food fiend, is here to complicate things help.
Q: What's up with that green plastic leaf thing that comes with my sushi? Am I supposed to do something with it?
A: You mean you don't eat yours?
Just kidding. Those leaves are definitely not edible. They're called baran (sometimes spelled haran), and they're mostly used for decoration. Presentation is really important in Japanese food, even when you're dealing with cheap supermarket sushi. The plastic leaves also serve as dividers in a bento box (a single-portion lunch combo container), keeping your eel nigiri away from your tuna rolls.
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