137 People Who Got Some Of The Most Ridiculous And Fancy Food Servings In The Restaurant Business


What better way to stand out in the competitive industry of the restaurant business than to go nuts with a Michelin-esque presentation. Is that a single meringue served on a levitating pillow? Did we get charged an extra $10 because they served our butter on a posh-looking rock?

The world of wannabe fine-dining restaurants, of course, is not a new phenomenon. Throughout the years, we've written about it enough times to know that we shouldn't be expected to get this instead of a pea soup like we've ordered. And so, in honor of this peculiar trend, Bored Panda has curated a collection of the most outrageous fine-dining experiences out there.

#1 I Ordered The Salad At The Fanciest Restaurant In Town

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#2 These Snacks Served With Stones: Some Are Real Stones And Some Are To Eat. You Have To Guess

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#3 Wife And I Accidentally Went To A Michelin Star Restaurant On Our Honeymoon In Ireland

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#4 The Vegan Option Served At A Fancy End Of Conference Dinner

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#5 Sushi For M’lady?

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#6 Bread In A Versace Shoe

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#7 Michelin Star Chocolate Hands

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#8 Is It Forgivable When It's A Michelin Star Restaurant? (De Librije In Zwolle)

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#9 A Handful Of Raspberry Sauce At A Fancy Restaurant

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#10 Have Some Gyoza With This Houseplant

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#11 Marshmallow "Worms" Served On A Plant

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#12 At A 2-Michelin-Stars Restaurant

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#13 2-Michelin-Star Restaurant Had This On Instagram. This Is The Vegetarian Option. It Is Marinated Tofu With Roasted Sweet Potatoes

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#14 Seen In A Sushi Restaurant In My City. I Still Can't Believe It

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#15 This Is A Fancy Restaurant, Not A Supermarket Checkout

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#16 Next Time Just Throw The Dish At Me Please

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#17 Appetizers On Nails At A Conference

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#18 My Mom Asked The Waitress What Type Of Bread It Was. It’s A Rock With The Butter For The Bread

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#19 Incarne (And Bones)

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#20 What 20$ Gets You In A Fancy Restaurant. I Didn't Even Know What To Do With It

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#21 This Free Birthday Cake At A Fancy Restaurant

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#22 Croquette In A Box Among Rocks

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#23 Ate At Three Michelin Star Restaurant Alinea In Chicago. Dessert Painted On The Table, Edible Balloons, Table Fires… It’s An Experience

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#24 Rocks And Potatoes Painted To Look Like Rocks At Michelin-Starred Restaurant

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#25 Tempura Green Beans, In A Shoe

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#26 What Even Is This?

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#27 Cold Cuts On A Clothes Line? No Thank You

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#28 Even At A Michelin Star Restaurant They Don’t Have Plates

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#29 6 Years To Make This Dish. Molé Madre, Molé Nuevo From Pujol

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#30 Recently Sat Through A 44-Course Meal At The Atelier In Ottawa, Canada

But this one was a freaking star: “cook” at the table in liquid nitrogen, dunk into hot spicy squash soup.

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#31 When Going To Fancy Restaurants, Remember To Bring A Couple Of Paintbrushes

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#32 A Bird's Nest For Appetizers. To Be Fair The Food Was Amazing

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#33 3-Michelin-Star Restaurant Serves Table Cracker On Rock

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#34 This $10 Salad I Paid For At A Restaurant

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#35 These Rolls At A Contemporary Buffet Restaurant

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#36 Noma, Summer Season Of 2022

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#37 At A Michelin-Starred Restaurant In Amsterdam, My Cocktail Arrived In A Plastic Bag

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#38 This Was At A 1-Michelin-Star Restaurant. Theme Was The World Fair, It Was Very Tasty, And Very Much Served On An Actual Can Of PBR

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#39 Can’t Believe This Restaurant Did This To Me. I Love Mango Pudding, But They Made It Into The Shape Of Corn. I Hate Corn, So This Is A Nightmare For Me

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#40 Some Kind Of Fancy Pork Piles With Grapes On A Tree? The Waiter Later Said The Dirt Is Actually Edible

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#41 Quite Tame Compared To Some Of The Other Posts, But This Appetizer Served In A Huge Bowl. At A High-Class Restaurant In My Hometown

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#42 I'm Not Sure If This Counts But I Went To A 1-Star Michelin Restaurant And They Served Me Beef With Chocolate

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#43 Vegetables Served On Stones

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#44 I Always Wanted To Eat In A Gravel Pit, Not Knowing What Is Edible

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#45 Dinner At Massimo Bottura's Osteria Francescana, 3 Michelin Stars And Twice Elected Best Restaurant In The World

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#46 This Bruschetta

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#47 Hokkaido A5 & House Beef Bacon Tartare. Smoked Beef Fat Special Sauce. Fermented Little Gem And Pickled Ramps. Burger Bun Cracker

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#48 Disfrutar, Barcelona

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#49 Locavore - Ubud, Bali

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#50 Restaurant’s Version Of Corn On The Cob. Wouldn’t Just Be Easier To BBQ Them On The Cob?

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#51 Per Se, NYC

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#52 This Toast I Got At A Restaurant. Yes It Came Like This

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#53 Lab By Sergi Agola, Sintra, Portugal - Some Highlights In No Particular Order

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#54 Fancy Slider With Pre-Packaged Slice Cheese On It

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#55 Alchemist

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#56 $699/Person. Vegetable Slice On Cracker. Served On A Clothes Line. 3 Michelin Stars

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#57 Today Is My Birthday, And My GF Gifted Me A Lunch In A One-Michelin-Star Restaurant, And This Is What The Chef Made For The Occasion. Such An Amazing Gift

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#58 Guys, It May Be Possible To Have Too Much Plate

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#59 This Fancy Restaurant Has A $28 Mozzarella Stick And Caviar Appetizer

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#60 Papads Grow On Trees, Right? Right?

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#61 Michelin Star Restaurant In France

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#62 Beef Tartare Served On A Wooden Hand. Part Of A Primus-Themed Menu At A Michelin-Starred Restaurant, The Musket Room

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#63 Absolutely Epic Dessert From Alinea

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#64 A Friend Went To Some Fancy Place In Barcelona

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#65 Fancy Stuff On A Glass Brick

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#66 Wine Bottle As Salad Plate

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#67 Went To A Fancy Restaurant. Got An Appetizer On A Rose

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#68 Ice Cream Served On Only The Finest Of Frozen Rocks

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#69 Skewered Chicken Served On Top Of The Bottom Of A Glass

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#70 Raw Fish With Mustard And Ice Cream

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#71 Michelin-Starred Vegan Restaurant In Copenhagen - Ark

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#72 Dinner At “Casa Perbellini”, Restaurant With Two Michelin Stars

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#73 This Was My $15 Dessert At A Fancy Restaurant. A Tablespoon Of Ganache With A Crouton On Top

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#74 Paid $16 For This Caesar "Salad" At A Concept Restaurant Last Night

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#75 ABaC (3 Stars), Barcelona, Spain

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#76 Wife's Dinner. London. 2 Michelin Stars. Very Tasty. Don't Even Know Where To Start On The Presentation

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#77 The Salad This Restaurant Gave Me

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#78 Dinner At Atelier Crenn (3 Michelin Stars And 1 Green Star), San Francisco

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#79 Some Courses From 2-Star Michelin Restaurant In Copenhagen

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#80 Wife And I Went To A Michelin Star Restaurant In Ireland On Purpose During Our Trip To Ireland

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#81 Looks Like A Plant But It's An Actual Dish Served In A 2-Michelin-Star Restaurant In LA

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#82 Ordered Churros From A Fancy Restaurant In Mexico, They Replicated The Street Food Experience

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#83 One-Star Michelin Restaurant In Spain

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#84 Strawberries On A Piece Of Cod At A Fancy Restaurant In The Netherlands

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#85 Jean Georges, Philadelphia

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#86 Zia Restaurant, Rome

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#87 Esquisse - Ginza, Tokyo

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#88 This Monstrosity At A Fancy Reception

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#89 Vegan Sushi On A Rock

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#90 Mini Bread Served On A Bone

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#91 We Want Tea Mugs

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#92 Ordered $12 "Crab Fries" That Contain No Crab. They're Just Called That Because The Restaurant Is Crab-Themed

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#93 Went To A Fancy Restaurant In India, Bill Was ~40,000 Rupees. Next Day Went To Regular Restaurant, Bill Was ~1000 Rupees And It Was 100 Times Better

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#94 This Thing I Got At An Italian Restaurant

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#95 This Is Getting Ridiculous

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#96 How A Local Restaurant Is Celebrating UK 'Pancake Day'

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#97 The Difference In The Portion Size. Plus Both Dishes Were Over 20€ Each

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#98 When The First Out Of 5 Courses In A Fancy Restaurant Say "Pickle"

To be fair, it was pickles with walnut, garnish, and tomato sauce, all made with care and love but in the end, it was just fancy pickles.

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#99 Forgot To Take A Photo Of My Dessert

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#100 Dinner At Sio French Restaurant

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#101 Oriole - Chicago 2 Stars

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#102 5/5 On Taste, 0/5 On Plate. Fancy - Schmancy Joint In CPH

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#103 From A 1-Michelin-Star Restaurant. You Shall Eat In A Brick

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#104 Just Because It's A Fancy Appetizer Doesn't Mean I Don't Want It On A Plate

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#105 "Side Salad" At Fancy Sunday Brunch

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#106 A Single Taco Served On A Brick Tile

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#107 Fancy Gourmet Restaurant, Dessert On The Tablecloth

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#108 Michelin-Star Restaurant Dessert Served In A Mannequin Hand

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#109 A Tiny Piece Of Fish With Three Pieces Of Canned Artichoke On Top With Brown Sauce. From A Gordon Ramsay Restaurant

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#110 $6 “Loaf” Of Challah Bread From Michelin-Starred Chef’s New Takeaway Spot

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#111 Dinner At NYC’s Eleven Madison Park - September 2022

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#112 Codium, Goes - The Netherlands, Today, Tasting Menu

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#113 This "Caprese Salad" From A Local Fancy Pizza Joint

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#114 Auberge Sauvage, Servon, France

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#115 Actually A Really Nice Chocolate Tart, Not Sure It Needed To Be Served In A Bowl Of Rocks Though

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#116 Jeju Noodle Bar, NYC - 1 Star

Squid and Nuts - beautiful presentation, relatively simple prep with a fantastic pesto-like sauce underneath. A squirt of lime to bring out the acidity. Toro Ssam Bap - caviar on top of toro on top of rice. We opted for the uni supplement $25, which took it to the absolute next level. A+.  Lamb Ja Jang Myun - a classic rich and hearty Korean noodle dish with lamb in lieu of traditional pork. Beautiful presentation and is so rich, akin to a ragu. Deep flavors.  Family Ramyun - showpiece dish, unbelievable broth. An absolute steal at $23. Added the bansuk egg.

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#117 A Fancy Restaurant In Gerona, Spain, Divinum. Looks Like They Won A Prize For The Best Tartare With That

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#118 Tangerine Cheesecake Served On The Cross-Section Of A Tree

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#119 Dinner Course Night At Hotel Kaneyamaen And Bessho Sasa Mount Fuji

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#120 Food In A Garden? Bowl?

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#121 A Fancy Restaurant In Barcelona. Once You'd Started Eating This, It Was Basically Impossible To Put It Down Again

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#122 Finally, I’m Fancy Enough To Have A Picture For This Post. If You Must Know, The Meal Cost Us $200

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#123 Restaurant By Gordon Ramsey, London (3 Stars)

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#124 Cheesecake Served At A "Restaurant"

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#125 Dinner By Heston Blumenthal, London. 5-Course Tasting Menu

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#126 Wagyu Flank Steak In Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi

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#127 Eating In A Fancy Restaurant Topolopompo In Tell Aviv

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#128 Rose’s Luxury, DC. 1 star

Caviar with coconut ice cream. Pork and lychee salad. Sweet pea pasta. Vietnamese iced coffee mochi cake.

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#129 Menu. 3 Stars - Sf

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#130 Michelin Restaurants, Quality And Attention To Every Little Detail. Don’t Mind If I Do

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#131 Fancy Salmon On A Shell On A Roof Tile

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#132 We Ordered A Hot Plate Of Cumin Lamb Chops At A Fancy Chinese Restaurant And It Came Out On A Shovel

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#133 Sea Bass And Shrimp

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#134 Exploring More Creative Restaurants

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#135 The Green Green Green Signature Dish At Sorrell, Dorking, UK (1 Michelin Star)

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#136 Fancy Fish Served In The Shell

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#137 Went To A Really Fancy Restaurant For My Birthday And Got This (I’m Very Much Not Called Pavi)

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#138 This Free Birthday Cake At A Fancy Restaurant

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