28 Totally Over-The-Top Restaurant Presentations

Can't we just have our meal on a plate like normal people?

Going out to eat at a restaurant is a treat for most people, and food presentation is important. Diners want a nice-looking meal to arrive in front of them; something appetizing and easy to eat. They definitely don't want their food to arrive on a dirty shingle with a stupid theme that makes it nearly impossible to eat without making a fool of yourself!

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There's a Bloody Mary in There Somewhere

bloody mary garnished with pizza, sandwich, and more


Come on, now; really? Is this REALLY necessary? (Of course, I'd eat and drink the heck out of this mess, but still.)

People have been taking to Reddit's r/WeWantPlates and Twitter to share pictures of restaurants whose totally over-the-top food presentation have gone way too far. As the Twitter account @WeWantPlates puts it, they're on the front lines of "The global crusade against serving food on bits of wood and roof slates, chips in mugs and drinks in jam jars."

Do you agree? Take a look at the images below and see what you think.

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Lamb in Its Natural Habitat

lamb served on a rock


This lamb was served up on a rock. A rock, people. As an added bonus, it was also served alongside a sprig of the deceased animal's favorite food, clover. How... charming.

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What's Even Happening Here?

salad in an upside-down glass

Imgur via Reddit

Greek salad trapped under a wine glass with a side of... um... oil? And chunks of cheese? Oh and don't forget the random pile of sliced red onion up there!

This gives me a headache.

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Have Your Cake and Drink It Too

milkshakes with cake on top


These things make cake pops seem so cute and quaint, don't they?

Just stop for a moment and picture trying to eat one of these ridiculous things. Who eats a slice of cake without a fork? What kind of barbarian dreamed this up?

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Haven't You Ever Seen a Smoothie in a Ziplock?

smoothie in a bag in a mini shopping cart

Nikos Pagonis/Twitter

It's also delivered to you in a teensy little shopping cart, but no, you can't keep the cart. Sorry.

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Fresh From the Dump

fries in the back of a tonka truck

Patrice Callahan/Twitter 

Isn't that appetizing? Somebody took this Tonka toy straight out of the sandbox and onto your restaurant table. Mmm.

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Burgers and Fries in a Giant Goblet

burgers and fries in a goblet


Why, though? Wouldn't your fries get all soggy at the bottom of this greasy mess? What's wrong with just using a nice, simple dinner plate??  

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Scotch Egg Served in a Trophy

scotch egg with bacon served in a trophy

Jason Hazeley/Twitter

Because of course it was. Of course! 

By the way, I'll save you a Google: "A Scotch egg consists of a hard-boiled egg wrapped in sausage meat, coated in bread crumbs and baked or deep-fried."

An egg wrapped in meat and bread crumbs and then deep fried? It's like the Turducken of the breakfast world.

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Dinner Served on a Bookshelf

afternoon tea with food served on a bookshelf


The waitstaff must absolutely hate it when somebody orders whatever this is. 

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Fritters Served in an Old Tennis Shoe

fritters in a shoe


Just stop it right now. Don't make me come up there!!! 

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This Nacho Cheese 'Splosion

taco on a cheese covered milkshake cup


Did... did they actually smear nacho cheese and sour cream on the outside of a goblet and then put a taco on top? Did they actually do that and charge money for people to receive this?

I'm in the wrong line of work.

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Skip the Plates, Just Plop the Food on a Napkin

food served on a cloth napkin


Does this make anyone else cringe? The thought of putting wet food directly onto a cloth napkin is just plain weird.

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There's Food in There Somewhere

food served in a box of rocks and shells


If you love hunting through a pile of rocks to find your shellfish, this meal is perfect for you! You get to feel like primitive man at the seashore, which is how we all want to feel when eating at a fancy restaurant. 

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Tower of Burgers Skewered by a Sword

burger on a sword


This meal looks like something served on Game of Thrones. Can I get my burger unstabbed, please? And just one, not 15 of them. 'K, thanks. 

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Cocktail Served in a Pepper

cocktail served in a red pepper


The bits of organic matter floating in your cocktail are very nutritious. 

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Chutney on a Maxi Pad

red chutney served on a maxi pad


This is so wrong on every level, but it turns out that there was actually a restaurant in Japan that specialized in this sort of thing. Oddly enough, they went out of business in 2017. Can't imagine why! 

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Roe on a Rock

small food on large rock


Ooh, it's a volcanic rock, not just an ordinary rock. That makes it aaaaall okay.  

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The Rootin' Tootin' American Breakfast

large breakfast platter with fireworks on plate

Rub Smokehouse & Bar/Twitter

Woo hoo! 'Murica! Let's set some stuff on fire and eat until our arteries clog!  **Fires double pistols into the air like Yosemite Sam**

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Shovel It In

breakfast in a shovel


So we're not even TRYING to be civilized anymore? Duly noted. 

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Bacon on a Clothes Line

bacon on a clothesline


Now you've gone too far.  

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Salad Served in a Colander

salad in a colander


Skip that pesky "plating" part of washing your salad and just eat it straight out of the strainer. Of course, good luck keeping your dressing from running straight out onto the table cloth. 

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Caesar Salad in a Shot Glass

caesar salads in shot glasses


This is like, the worst thing to ever happen to Caesar ever.

(Okay, maybe the second worst thing.)

But seriously, how do you eat this? And more importantly, is that a flippin' hotdog?

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Anything Served in a Jaw Mold...

food in a jaw mold


...is something I don't want to eat. 

I don't care what it is. It could be the most delicious food ever invented, but if it's served in the mold of someone's mouth, I don't want it. 

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Screw This Screwdriver

screwdriver with bagel garnish


Just order a breakfast plate and get it over with! Breakfast is breakfast; cocktails are cocktails. Get it?

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A Tiny Picnic Table

meal served on miniature picnic table


Again, you just have to imagine the waitress trying to get this hot mess over to your table without spilling it all over the place. 

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What a Flop

food served on flip flop


Please don't make me lick a flip flop in a restaurant. (Last time I almost got arrested.) 

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Please Put Your Meat Curtains Away, Ma'am

curtain of sliced meat


No comment. 

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Barbie Hits a New Low

barbie wearing a dress of meat


Who would do this to America's beloved plastic doll? And why?