The ridiculous things Bristol restaurants have served food on instead of plates

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We've all seen them. Chips in baskets, steak on slabs and cured meats on chopping boards - and those are some of the more tame examples.

If you've ever been on the Internet - or out for dinner in a 21st century British city - you'll no doubt be aware serving food on traditional dinner plates seems to be a bit uncool. The edgier and more 'hip' the cuisine, the higher the chance of it being served in an obscure and downright ridiculous vessel.

While foodies and fine diners might be a little more accustomed to their meals being presented in outlandish contraptions, for the average eater it just feels a little bit contrived. The trend is impractical at best, and downright ridiculous at worst. What happened to plates?

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If you find yourself lamenting the decline of the humble plate, don't worry. You're not alone. A Twitter account called @WeWantPlates is making light work of ribbing every and any meal served in an, ahem, alternative way, and it's already amassed a whopping 134,000 followers.

It's run by Ross McGinnes, who told the Liverpool Echo he was inspired to set up the page after seeing a friend post a picture of an 'average-sized steak and manky salad' served on a chopping board to Facebook. For him, the photo in question was a step too far, and a community of crockery-loving aficianados was born in the form of @WeWantPlates.

These are some of the best @WeWantPlates submissions from right here in Bristol. While the meals in question may be delicious, the methods restaurants have used to serve them leave a lot to be dseired... if you love your food served on plates, that is.

1. First prize goes to...

It might be served in a trophy, but this creation is winning no prizes among fans of We Want Plates.

2. Breakfast is served. But not in the way you might want it.

Unless you're a student drowning in washing up, there's no excuse to eat out of a frying pan. NONE.

3. Even butter isn't immune...

WHY?

4. Those pesky slates are everywhere

God help anyone who wants to cut into that burger. Can you imagine the scraping noise? *shudders and cries*

5. There's really no need for this

Why was this in a casserole dish?

6. Plates do NOT belong on walls

So many questions need answering here. Why are those plates on the wall? What happens when you pour the sauce over that steak? We despair.

7. This is not a pizza...

This thing of wonder is from The Stable in Bristol. They're pizza connoisseurs, so why didn't they realise this meal on a pizza board isn't pizza?

8. Nothing is safe. NOTHING.

Even drinks haven't escaped. Why can't we just have glasses?

9. Chopping boards are not for serving

There's no chopping happening here. Put the boards away and give us a plate.

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