I love seeing what crazy new accounts come up on my social media timelines. There’s so many niche — and often, hilarious — concepts; some of my favourites come from a small idea that feels relatable at any given time. A recent one that’s really got to me is a Twitter account called We Want Plates.
Described as “the global crusade against serving food on bits of wood and roof slates, chips in mugs and jam-jar drinks”, We Want Plates is an account that makes light of a restaurant trend that’s been going on for quite a while now: serving food on what seems to be anything but a plate.
A creation of freelance journalist Ross McGinnes, the We Want Plates timeline is an entertaining reminder of just how far this foodie fad has gone. Bacon plated in a pint glass; squid stuffed into a clog; a burger served in a literal drawer (but where did it come from?); and my recent favourite — pieces of chicken tikka served on a staircase, with a cupboard underneath for the accompanying chutney.
Of course, We Want Plates is definitely on the extreme end of the already ridiculous. But I can’t help but think of the times that I’ve ordered a meal that was plated on a wooden board or slate, more often than not overspilling at the edges. Or chips served in tiny, metal framed shopping trolley. It makes me think of the beauty of simple — and more importantly, functional — design. Because after all, a plate — as silly as it might sound — has its very own purpose; and the novelty wears off quick if you can’t quite figure out what’s going on right in front of you.
Whether it is a trend that’s got lasting power, or finally on its way out, the joyful absurdity of the We Want Plates collection has, in my opinion, made the whole thing worthwhile.
View on Twitter: @wewantplates