Restaurant reviewers should include silverware
Original post made by Carol on Sep 14, 2006
Another complaint about silverware is why we don't get more. I am tired of being handed my fork after eating my salad, or worse still, having it placed on the messy table top, when my plate is cleared. Why can't I automatically get a fresh one. It is the same when I have used my knife to butter my bread and leave it on the side plate. Why can't I get a fresh one to eat my meal? If the server hands me my dirty knives and forks, what am I supposed to do with them? Wave them around in the air until my next course comes along, or place them on the one napkin which I have already used.
The best silverware used by a restaurant round here is, ta daa, IKEA. They use their own silverware. It is always clean, shiny and nice to use. Maybe some of our restaurants should go and buy some from there, and while they are at it, their water glasses are great to drink from too. It could start a trend in restaurant reviews, maybe we could start a clean fork symbol instead of three stars!!
on Sep 17, 2006 at 7:38 pm
I am very surprised that this is not an issue for others.
I have been out to dinner with my family to a chinese restaurant that is often on the best of list this weekend. Now I know that most patrons use chopsticks, but I have never managed the art and I have to keep my children from using them for sword fights, so forks are what we used. I would give this restaurant a 2 fork symbol. Although the forks looked old, they were not bent and only slightly tarnished with a slight metallic taste. They were however quite flimsy and not up to the task of cutting a potsticker.
I have also been out to Sizzler's in Mountain View. I would give them 2 1/2 forks, mainly because they did give each of us 2 forks and they were not tarnished. They were just as flimsy and although they were not bent, I feel that using them with steak or even chicken on the bone may have caused some damage. The soup spoons we had to use for our ice cream(they had run out at the ice cream bar) were also slightly tarnished and again had a metallic taste.
I would definitely prefer a nice stainless steel fork and spoon rather than plastic, however I must point out that the steak knives given to all of us were excellent even though we did not all need them for the food we were eating.
on Nov 3, 2006 at 9:40 pm
Had lunch in The Cantankerous Fish in Castro Street, Mountain View, and they had the most wonderful silverware I have used in a long time. The food was pretty good too.
on Nov 3, 2006 at 10:37 pm
While I'm on the subject, I should just mention that some restaurants have silverware that seems to shine when it is sitting in direct sunlight, and that this helps to add to the ambience of the meal. When candles are used, sometimes the silverware does not shine as brightly. I ate at Osteria the other night and my fork-- which otherwise performed superbly-- did not glimmer in the same way that my knife did.
This was certainly quite different from my brunch at Il Fornaio last weekend, when the fork and (especially) the spoon sparkled in the light sunlight coming in through the patio. It was quite refreshing, and it even made up (slightly) for the somewhat metallic taste of the spoon when I ate my sorbet.