Ive been following this thread and this post right here just tipped me over lol. There's really no sense in what's being argued here..blitzforce wrote: ↑Oct 26th, 2017 9:24 amThat pot of soup isn't just for one customer though. The rest of the ingredients are just cutting it into few slices. My uncle is one of the few sushi/teppanyaki chef in a pretty busy Japanese restaurant and he jokes about people paying stupid amount of money for slices of frozen fish on some rice and charging $20-30 for a bowl of teppanyaki volcano fried rice (make it front of customer and pour oil in the pan to create some sort of flame on the rice). He even mentioned that he would never work in a Chinese restaurant due to the amount of work he actually need to put into each dish, and the low wage.
Went to some expensive teppanyaki place that charges customers $50/person and the teppanyaki chef rushes everyone (a table of 12 x $50/person) asking what we want before he leaves. I go to a Korean bbq place that charges $25/person and I can take my time choosing my sht.
1. to bring up teppanyaki, what's the point of comparing this? Teppanyaki/hibachi, though certainly not all, are half a meal but also a show. The price you are paying is to have front row seats to see your meal prepared in front of you with the occasional tricks that the chef has to offer. This is essentially the same as most meals with the option of "prepared table side" in Western/European restaurants. Do people pay hundreds because they actually have a life desire to want to eat/watch spaghetti made out of a parmesan wheel, or gave a house caesar made in front of them for $50? Perhaps not. most are probably willing to pay more for that wow factor or spectacle.. Essentially the same as teppanyaki.. It's not a coincidence that people often "Spurlge" in those kind of settings during business functions and special occasions.. You're not just paying for the food; it's the ambience, presentation, service to name a few. While I don't know your uncle, the volcano fried rice he does sounds exactly like what that is, see if his customers would be willing to pay that same amount for the same fried rice in a food court.
2. "frozen slices of some fish in rice" - eh.....
Again, I don't know your uncle and where he works. That establishment could be serving fresh ingredients shipped overseas, or they could be serving non sashimi grade cuts from the food terminal. Whichever it is, it doesn't seem like you have a lot of respect or knowledge of cuisine and the art of food. Sushi is a culture to a lot of people and there's so much that goes into it. Also, why do people pay $30 to eat essentially a burger at a nice bar? Pay $40 for "pasta with sauce I can make from a can"?
Value is in the eye of the beholder, but also outside of raw material costs, and if you can't understand or get over that then it will be hard for someone like you to go out to anywhere in these times.
Lol.. I can't even.