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Restaurant Tells Diners To Eat Everything On Their Plate 126

Chef Yukako Ichikawa will offer a 30% discount to patrons who eat all the food they have ordered, and will kindly ask those who don't clean their plates to not come back. "Finishing your meal requires that everything is eaten except lemon slices, gari (sushi ginger), and wasabi," says the menu. "Please also note that vegetables and salad on the side are NOT decorations; they are part of the meal too."


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Restaurant Tells Diners To Eat Everything On Their Plate

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  • Yeah. (Score:3, Funny)

    by Yvan256 ( 722131 ) on Tuesday June 08, 2010 @01:16PM (#32498384) Homepage Journal

    And if you don't, no dessert!

    • Re:Yeah. (Score:4, Funny)

      by nofx_3 ( 40519 ) on Tuesday June 08, 2010 @07:42PM (#32504178)

      How can you have any pudding if you don't eat your meat?

    • <Soup Nazi>No more soup for you!</Soup Nazi>

    • everything is eaten except lemon slices, gari (sushi ginger), and wasabi

      What does this mean? I always eat the lemon slices, with peel, seeds and everything. And the ginger and wasabi, too.

      • Some diners will like the meal but not the garnishes. This clause makes that OK. Reasonable if you ask me.

      • I'd wager it's too much a hassle to make sure the garnishes are customized for each diner. I never could get used to the ginger and only use normally about half the given wasabi.

  • The Onion? (Score:4, Funny)

    by jpkunst ( 612360 ) on Tuesday June 08, 2010 @04:15PM (#32501390)
    Is this an article from The Onion?
  • by Anonymous Coward

    ...that in many Asian cultures it was considered bad manners to completely clean your plate. It's like saying: "You didn't give me enough to eat."

    • by SleazyRidr ( 1563649 ) on Tuesday June 08, 2010 @07:06PM (#32503628)

      I've heard both sides.

      One friend told me that in Japan he left 3 pieces of rice on his plate and the chef came out and yelled at him. Of course he's very much the bullshitting type so I have no idea how true that is.

      I've also heard that it's good manners to leave a little to show that you're full.

      Also bear in mind that 'Asian Cultures' is a bit of an overly broad term. There are a lot of countries in Asia, with vastly different cultures.

  • Even if I pledge to eat my leftovers later, I have to pay more and I'm asked not to return? (I'm assuming. The article doesn't say.)

    I guess they can make the rules for their own restaurant, but I'll eat elsewhere. Thanks.

  • When did this happen?
  • No soup for you!

  • by AlgorithMan ( 937244 ) on Tuesday June 08, 2010 @04:51PM (#32501906) Homepage

    and will kindly ask those who don't clean their plates to not come back

    Why would I WANT to come back to a place where I'm treated like an asshole, just because I'm full?

    If they think they are better off without customers, then good luck...

    • Re: (Score:2, Troll)

      by blair1q ( 305137 )

      You're not treated like an asshole because you're full. You're treated like an asshole because you obliviously ordered more food than you wanted to eat. And you get treated like an asshole again because you've become defensive and indignant about it, regardless of whether you're oblivious or disingenuous about your obliviousness to your wastefulness.

      So, to be consistent, you should now leave /. and not come back.

      • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

        by AlgorithMan ( 937244 )
        when you're really hungry, then you tend to overestimate how much you CAN eat... people just are like that.
        I bet this policy (especially in this economic situation) will drive them out of business within 1 year...
      • disingenuous about your obliviousness to your wastefulness.

        It's not wasting if you paid for it.

  • "If you don't eat your meat, you can't have any pudding. How can you have any pudding if you don't eat your meat?" In all seriousness, there are plenty of restaurants that offer prizes for eating insane amounts of food, and I guess this is just a variant of that. When I was a kid, there was a pub near me that did a challenge where you got a gammon steak topped with as many fried eggs as you wanted, and if you broke the record for the number of eggs eaten with it (and ate the whole steak as well as the eggs
  • Sometimes I complain that everything on Slashdot is either: (1) a misleading story about intellectual property and piracy, (2) a misleading story about the latest events with either Apple or AT&T, or (3) an absurdly misleading story about China, Microsoft, video games, the military, or medical science.

    Then every few days the editors put something on the main page which doesn't fall into one of those categories. When they do, it reminds us that maybe those three categories are for the best after all.

  • There's a restaurant in Vancouver (the Elbow Room) that's been doing something like this for years - if you don't eat all your food they request a donation to a food charity.
  • It appears that some foreigners just don't learn how to deal with Americans.

    About 10 years ago, my colleagues and I went to a Chinese place and sat down to order. The guy came out and said we weren't allowed to switch seats and accused me of trying to leave without paying (I had already paid.) That's the last time all ten of us went there.

  • Years ago, in Brazil, restaurants all over were sportings signs that read something along the lines of

    Leftovers will be charged R$ 3,00

    With the actual value varying, but ranging from 10% to 30% of the total amount.

    This was illegal, but the owners a) didn't seem to care about the legal status and b) didn't actually enforce the rule.

    In the end, those signs served as a harsh and unpopular (among the clients) reminder of not putting more on your plate than you can eat. Good intentions, bad execution.

  • "... Come back... one year! NEXT!!"

    Never thought I'd see an Asian restaurant Nazi. Usually they do that sort of thing to their staff.

    • by wringles ( 12507 )

      Please don't mix cultures. The nazi in Asia were the japanese [].

      Oh wait, in view of this, the chef's attitude just seems proper now.

  • A place near me which serves all-you-can-eat buffets has a clause which states that if you don't finish your plate then you have to pay a surcharge.

    I'm from the UK and I visited the USA last year for the first time, I went to Las Vegas for 10 days and it was very easy to go to the likes of the Bellagio Grand Buffet and eat like a pig for 2 hours. It's quite a novelty, especially when I could eat 6 or 7 different courses at 10am. If I got bored of a course that I'd grabbed, I'd just leave my half filled plat

    • I have that same tendency, and it really kicked my arse when I moved to Houston. I'm a big guy, but the average meal here is more than I'd usually eat in a day. I've finally trained myself into the habbit of getting a to-go box with half of my meal in it. Actually, a lot of the time I'm quite content just eating the sides, and take home an untouched steak.

  • must be a very trendy place. that's the only way they could get away with such nonsense. i feel sorry for them in 2 months when they go out of style.

    first, if i pay for the food i should be able to flush it down the toilet if i want. second, i didn't choose the portion. if someone serves me more food than i can eat, that's not my fault ... and it's not healthy for anyone to force themselves to eat food when their body says they are full.

    • first, if i pay for the food i should be able to flush it down the toilet if i want.

      you can, you just won't be eligible for the 30% discount.

      second, i didn't choose the portion.

      Yes you did, it's a sushi restaurant.

      if someone serves me more food than i can eat, that's not my fault ... and it's not healthy for anyone to force themselves to eat food when their body says they are full.

      Then don't finish it and pay the full price as you would at any other restaurant.

      • from TFA:

        ... and will kindly ask those who don't clean their plates to not come back

        it's not just about not receiving a discount, it's about being banished from the restaurant.

        • "Kindly asked" == "banished"?

          Actually that quote is from the summary. The line from the article is

          "[...] tell people who don't clear their plates to choose another restaurant next time."

          I think the question is really whether they are asking them to choose another restaurant (which would make sense as their eating habits clearly don't align with the policy of the restaurant - if you went to a vegetarian restaurant and asked for meat you would probably get asked to find a different restaurant next time) or if they are actually being banned from eating there again.

          I have a friend in Australia at

  • Visiting many Asian restaurants in my area. I now go to the ones with buffet. When I go to the ones that bring your meal to you, they tend to put too much on the plate. They give you lots of rice and veggies. I can never eat it all. I always end up with take home. So I stopped going to the ones that don't have a buffet. I guess I don't ever have to worry about visiting Wafu restaurants.
  • "free of gluten, dairy, sugar and eggs"

    Screw that. I understand people have dietetic restrictions, but there's no way I'm going to a restaurant where I have to abide by 'em.

    Maybe the problem is people aren't finishing the meals because they taste like crap and aren't satisfying?

    • by blueg3 ( 192743 )

      You are aware that, especially in Japanese cuisine, there are plenty of dishes that never used gluten, dairy, sugar, or eggs in the first place, right?

  • This is a restaurant... if you don't like the policy, don't go there. The chef is trying to do something positive and it seems like most of you want to criticise him for running his business as he likes.
  • When I was growing up, my maternal grandmother would insist that we belong to "Clean The Plate Club." She would go to the extreme. One day my sister (who had a tiny appetite) had a tuna melt for lunch. My grandmother made it on two halves of an english muffin with an entire can of tuna and cheese. Needless to say, my sister didn't finish it. So my grandmother wrapped it up and sternly told my sister that she'd eat it for breakfast. While she wasn't looking, my mother threw it out.

    I, on the other hand,

  • If the food is good, why not eat it all? But if the food sucks (like some Oriental places), why should I be asked to eat what is not good quality?
  • This is a highly offensive stance to take for a chef. How many times have you gone to a restaurant and been served horrible food? It's a lot more common to be served bad food than great food. If I don't finish my plate, that means your food tastes like SHIT and I refuse to eat your garbage. If the food was good or great but the portions were large, I will take it home thus leaving a cleaned plate. That cleaned plate should be an indicator to you on the quality of your food and nothing else.

    The fact that thi

  • This is justified (though perhaps a little harsh). Greenhouse gas emissions from food production are the largest polluting sector, much more than transport. Probably most people don't understand how much energy goes into e.g. meat production.

    People also need to change their attitude to 'leftovers'. Most good restaurants can pack up your uneaten food to take home and heat in the microwave. As long as you get it really hot before eating the next day, that will kill any bacteria.

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