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16 Times Restaurants Took It Way, Way Too Far

Okay, the time has come. We need to have a candid conversation about something that is happening in restaurants nationwide.

You see, restauranteurs consider themselves a clever bunch and have decided to stop using the tried, tested, and true plate. They're going above and beyond the familiar to present their foods in the most peculiar ways.

Why is this? We'll never know. But we do know one thing: it's super extra. Take a look for yourself!

1. Is this what Cinderella was looking for?

Twitter | @eeketht

Bibbidi-bobbidi-boo, I'll take two orders of chicken stuffed heels. But seriously, what is this mess and who thinks it's hygienic to eat out of a shoe? I am not here for it.

2. They've got us covered!

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Remember that time you went to dinner and forgot an umbrella? Well, not to worry, fam! This restaurant has got you covered. Oh, and the food looks alright, too.

3. You crack us up...

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Some call it art, others call it dirty car parts. Who would have thought we would live to see the day five-star restaurants would be serving a poached egg off a 15mm isolating ball valve.

4. Name a more iconic duo, I'll wait.

Twitter | @literaticat

We all know how much butter rocks, but serving freshly made butter on stones is the epitome of too much. Actually, locally sourced stones, would be the most extra.

5. Oscar the Grouch would approve of this dish.

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You know, they put these delicious and crispy french fries in a mini trash receptacle, but I'm just wondering why they didn't go one step further and throw the full dish in the garbage.

6. Things are about to get trippy...

Twitter | @BigJohnnyArcher

You may be wondering if the dessert course was spiked with LSD. No, it wasn't. You're just being served some holographic, psychedelic plating because art, man.

7. Farm to table, literally.

Twitter | @MossMossy88

We're huge supporters of eating locally, but trust us when we say, we do not need our food served to us in a gardening hand shovel. NOPE, NOPE, NOPE.

8. This looks like a DIY fail.

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You know that someone posted this on Pinterest as a cute way to spruce up outdoor BBQ decor. But why did this restaurant think it was a good idea to add it as condiment tableware?

9. There's a lot going on here.

Twitter | @daveywound

First, there's a scale to prove how much the burger weighs. Then there's the bowl with fries, and a cutting boarding carrying all those items. I have an idea: just bring me my burger!

10. Oh, this? It's Life Of Pi. 

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If there is one thing I wish for more of in the future, it's more pies hidden in books. So you know, I can't hate on this too much. Local libraries, you listening?

11. Some might call this "avant-garde."

Twitter | @thegandydancer

Look, we get it. Chefs like to deconstruct their dishes. But this is fruit. There is nothing to deconstruct here. Waiter, we want a fruit bowl — immediately!

12. At least they're off the clothesline. 

Twitter | @cynthia_EAts

Tacos are a joy, so it brings me great sadness to see this. I get it, you want us to stay clean while eating, but isn't the whole point of eating tacos to get messy? Pfft.

13. This brings us one step closer to our grave.

Twitter | @RobFreeman

I wonder if this restaurant is trying to tell me something about my dietary choices? Hmm...I'm going to try and not read too deeply into this plating option.

14. This takes sneakerhead to a whole other level.

Twitter | @PeterParmenter

OK, we thought we had seen everything but clearly, this takes the cake. Canapés being served out of sneakers? Let's not and say we did.

15. The Q-tip skewer is an appetizing touch. 

Reddit | Gazpacho123

This fruit bowl is truly something special. Paired with a Babybel and a syringe full of chocolate, the pièce de résistance is actually the kidney bowl (which is traditionally used to catch vomit).

16. We found Nemo! 

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I'm fairly certain that the last thing anyone wants to envision (while eating seafood) is a goldfish floating around at the bottom of their dish. If you're looking for Nemo, he's in the shrimp cocktail!