'Ketchup' banned at US restaurant

An American restaurant has certain ideas about what you should not be putting on your food.

by: Jess | 05 Sep 2014
news, restaurants, opinion

Ketchup, more commonly known as 'tomato sauce' in South Africa, is defined as "a spicy sauce made chiefly from tomatoes and vinegar, used as a relish."

In South Africa, young and old love their good ol' All Gold Tomato Sauce and it's one of the top South African foods that expats abroad miss. You can make your own with this recipe.

The chef and owner at the Florida restaurant, Mad Fresh Bistro, refuses to serve ketchup with food to anyone over ten years of age. It's clearly stated on the menu, and the rule is being enforced. 

Chef owner, Xavier Duclos claims that his burgers already have sauce and that there's no need for additional sweet sauce. He has nothing against ketchup, but, "It's just not part of my culinary agenda," he said.

The restaurant has a dedicated burger menu among its other offerings and gives fair warning to the public on its website with a clear announcement which reads, "No ketsup for you!" [sic]

Perhaps they are going too far by also not providing salt on the tables. The chef wants people to trust them and to not have predetermined ideas about what a dish will need.

Customers have complained about the halt on their freedom of choice on how to season their food. They believe they have the right to choose, regardless of their age.

Chef Duclos is sticking to his guns on this one and even kicked someone out for trying to sneak ketchup in to the restaurant.

Carne Bistro on Kloof Street in Cape Town doesn't provide 'tomato sauce.'

Source: The Independent

Would you 'trust the chef' and enjoy your food as prepared, or would you demand your salt and ketchup?


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