Apr 20, 2017

Plastic food displays vs Real food displays

I saw this on the street the other day and I'm not sure how I feel about, so I'd like to get some opinions...

The small soba shop put some food displays outside, showing the meals of the day.

Plastic food displays vs Real food displays photo

I'm used to seeing the plastic displays, as you can see with the bowl of noodles on the top left. But everything else was real food that they cooked up and wrapped.

On the one hand, it's nice that I get to see exactly what the food looks like before ordering it, so I wouldn't blame the too-good-looking plastic models when the results come out differently. I understand it's also impossible for them to purchase those expensive plastic displays for every dish they have.

Plastic food displays vs Real food displays photo

On the other hand, seeing the wrapped up doesn't look appealing, and more importantly, it feels like a taste of a few perfectly cooked up meals to imagine that they will toss them out at the end of the day.

So I'm not sure where I stand on this non-issue. What do you guys think?


  • edthethe

    on Apr 21

    I agree about the waste of food. If they have a good enough camera and printer, it isn't too hard to get quality photos of their menu items. Less waste!

  • Tomuu

    on Apr 21

    If I have to choose between the two, I would go with the plastic models. The waste bothers me a bit, and also I don't have unrealistic expectations about what the actually dish will look like (I've been let down by plenty of burger joints to know better). Personally though, I'd be happy with a few photos.