2/22/2012 11:23:00 AM
Controversial Restaurant Policies: When Should The Table Be Cleared?
James: When I was out the other night - I noticed a problem that reminded me of your complaint about the overzealous wine pours trend. Overzealous table clearing.
Kelly: Lol. What do you mean?
James: Everytime anyone at the table finished anything, the service staff would swoop in and take their share plates / silverware. They should have waited until everyone was finished....
Kelly: So? It's better that way. I get grossed out staring at my dirty plate for 20 minutes.
James: But then they end up swooping in every three seconds - besides, you shouldn't finish 20 minutes before everyone when you're eating.
Kelly: So you propose they wait until everyone is finished to clear? Very proper of you. Sorry that's a little too "Downton Abbey" old-school for me. Basically, you're Lady Mary.
James: They bring out all the dishes together - it creates a feeling of community at the table. They should clear them all together. When she's dining with Lord Grantham and Granny, they staff isn't lurking around the table looking for slightly dirty cutlery. I hate seeing them doing their vulture-like dance.
Kelly: OMG - you're officially OCD.
James: And then, when they start to clear and one person is left with their dish, the "are you still working on that" brigade starts.
Kelly: Honestly never even notice when they do that or not. Also, tables must be turned, my friend. This you know.
James: Yeah, but they should be turned in an orderly way. It's like, the less dishes on the table, the more people come up to you and try to clear it.
Kelly: OK, so before each meal starts you can have a one-on-one with the bussers to let them know your feelings about proper clearing policy.
James: You may be onto something...