Thursday, September 10, 2009
Won't Miss #41 - willy nilly food serving
When you go to a restaurant in Tokyo with one or more other people in your party, there is a good chance that you will be sitting together, but you won't be eating together for the duration of the meal. In most American restaurants, each course of food is served to everyone in the party at the same time. For example, everyone gets their entree at the same time. This allows everyone to roughly start and finish at the same time and prevents any awkwardness over starting to eat before others, or finishing long after them. In Japan, most restaurants serve each person as their food is prepared. In most (non-high class) places, no effort is made to time the preparation and delivery of food so that everyone is eating at the same time.
I won't miss the willy nilly timing of food service in restaurants in Japan.