RESTAURANT menus are riddled with pretentious, meaningless bullshit. Here are five examples that will put you right off your food.
Random French phrases
Probably the most annoying bollocks they’ll insult your intelligence with. They’re not ‘pommes frites’, they’re chips, and rebranding gravy as ‘jus’ should be punishable by a one-way trip to the guillotine. And they’ve just added another 20 quid to the price for making it sound posher.
No f**king £ sign
A modern disease sweeping through up-their-own-arse restaurants – if it’s £17.50 why not just f**king say so, instead of a ridiculous ‘17.5’, usually in an equally irritating bold italics font to show how hip and clever they are. Wait until the bill arrives then pretend you thought it was in rupees, Gambian dalasi, or another similarly low-value monetary unit.
A pathetically faux attempt to sound authentic, when everyone knows they came frozen in a bag from a factory like all other peas. Push the point by insisting on being told whose garden they came from, and the exact brand of peat-free organic compost they used.
The craze for basically serving a plate with bubbles on the side should surely have died a death by now. Recreate it at home by adding a dollop of Fairy Liquid froth with your steak and chips – it doesn’t matter that it tastes of soap because no one in their right mind would ever touch the frogspawny shit anyway.
Designed to make you feel like you know your sauvignon from your chablis while pushing you in the direction of their most overpriced bottles. Only an idiot will fork out 40 quid for something that’s in the off-licence over the road for a fiver, so just order that delicious wine called ‘house’. You’ll still get ripped off, but at least you’ll have enough money left to get an Uber home.