As reported in our local daily some of New Zealand ‘s favourite fine-dining restaurants have put the bite on customers taking away doggy bags. Those restaurants are against etiquette to bag leftover food saying they cannot take the chance of people leaving packed leftovers in car for hours before eating it. Besides health reason, according to restaurateurs there is the risk of people trying to pull a scam by taking food home then pretending they were sick and seeking a refund.
Thank goodness, on the other hand there are some restaurants that cannot stand waste (like me) and nicely pack leftovers for diners to take home. Kiwis called takeaway paper bags ‘doggy bags’ perhaps traditionally leftovers were meant to be for the diner’s dog. These days ‘doggy bags’ are mostly in the form of plastic or foam boxes.
Whenever I dine out at Asian eateries, I tend to order dishes to share and it makes the meal more interesting but the downside is we often ordered more than we can eat. It isn’t just a main for each but at least three or four dishes shared by two. The good thing is nothing goes to waste as leftovers are packed away, not for our dog but makes good takeaway lunches to work.
Do you ‘doggy bag’ your leftovers?