Last night the Marquette Warrior and I had dinner at a restaurant called Amada. It’s one of those tapas places that offers a number of “small plate” options that the diners can share. (In our case no sharing occurred because the MW is a strict vegetarian and I go for meat options, so we didn’t quite fulfill the restaurant’s intent.)
Tapas restaurants have a good aspect and a bad aspect. The bad is that there are lots of choices, so you end up carefully scrutinizing the menu and spending a long time thinking through your order. The good is that you end up with very tasty food that is always well presented and served in moderate portion sizes. The result is a fine meal where you don’t get plates groaning with food, and after you’ve cleaned your plates — which both the MW and I did, with relish — you rise from the table feeling satisfied but not uncomfortably stuffed.
We’ve got a problem with food waste in this country, and some of it results from unconsumed food left on plates that were overfilled at the outset. At tapas places, that isn’t an issue, which is another advantage to the tapas model.