This could be a first in restaurantdom, a restaurant in Japan that fines customers who don't clean their plates.
If you’re thinking this is the sort of promotion where you are served an obscene amount of food — say, a 72-ounce steak along with instructions that you must scarf down in its entirety — think again. This is no food challenge where the item is free if you finish it in some prearranged fixed period of time.
Hachikyo, a seafood house in Sapporo, charges patrons extra if they fail to polish off every last morsel of their signature dish, tsukko meshi. Place an order and you are brought a bowl of rice topped with an copious helping of salmon roe. The dish also comes with a warning:
It is forbidden to leave even one grain of rice in your bowl. Customers who don't finish their tsukko meshi must give a donation.
According to a blogger named Midori Yokoyama, the purpose of the practice is to honor the fishermen who brave dangerous conditions to provide delicious food.
So much for female eaters who learned at their mothers knees that leaving a few bits of food on your plate made you seem dainty. Here it just makes you poorer.
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