The best part of the experience was not the steak but the salad presentation. Prior to cooking your steak, the waitress/waiter brings out a large tray with a salad bowl full of greens and every possible side a salad bar could ever see. She tosses the salad with all your fixings right in front of you.
the waitress/waiter brings out a large tray with a salad bowl full of greens and every possible side a salad bar could ever see. She tosses the salad with all your fixings right in front of you.
In really good restaurants especially some of the high end Italian Restaurants the large bowl the salad was mixed in sat in an even larger bowl of ice, with a small amount of water. The whole experience at that time was called "Romancing the Salad".
It usually consisted of a team with the salad prep person standing behind the waiter, handing him the ingredients one at a time and the waiter spinning the center bowl with one hand while adding the ingredients with the other. They did this all the while keeping up a constant chatter about how the condiments were the freshest in the world, that the tomatoes came from Senior Joe's garden that day, that the onions were chopped just moments ago, and what parts of the world they came from etc, etc. I haven't seen that in a long time, and it was fun to watch. It always seemed they were the best salads I have ever eaten.
post edited by Dr of BBQ - 2010/02/10 04:05:07