Yesterday, over my morning Latte, I posted this photo of a scallop dish that Super-sous and I ordered in a restaurant this past weekend and asked, “what’s wrong with this picture?”.
Many of you guessed it – it’s those little green dots around the plate. (Pesto) What’s with the placement of these dots. Does the chef want us to eat the lentils with the pesto? Should we eat the scallops with the pesto? All three together? Pesto separately? Should I dip the ends of tines of my fork into the pesto and take a little taste of it throughout the meal, in between bites, perhaps?
This is why I feel presentation is so important. Everything on a plate should have a purpose and it shouldn’t be a guessing game for the one who is ordering it on how it is to be eaten it or if it should be eaten at all. It’s like when you get (old school) a steak served with a stick of rosemary in it. You can’t eat the stick of rosemary, so what’s the point of it being there?
There’s nothing wrong with a little garnish on your plate, but there has to be beauty and function. In the case of the scallops, the pesto was neither and the plate would have been more aesthetically pleasing and delicious without the 10 little dots of green.