Restaurant Charges Extra for Not Finishing Meal
Leftovers are frowned upon at Wafu
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 6, 2010 5:45 PM CDT
Better finish those potatoes if you don't want to pay up at one Australian restaurant.   (©waferboard)

(Newser) – Don’t even think about asking for a doggie bag at Australian restaurant Wafu. The chef not only charges diners who don’t finish their meal 30% more than diners who do, but she also asks them not to return. “Finishing your meal requires that everything is eaten except lemon slices, gari (sushi ginger), and wasabi,” reads an explanation on the restaurant door.

The rule was created in an effort to be more sustainable, Reuters reports—and no, you can’t get away with just eating your main dish. The note continues, “Please also note that vegetables and salad on the side are NOT decorations; they are part of the meal too.”

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Aug 9, 2010 7:18 PM CDT
The main thing is, if u eat someplace and there are certain rules, then u agree to adhere them, if u don't, then don't eat there.
Jun 7, 2010 8:09 PM CDT
The thinking behind penalizing customers who do not finish their meal for the sake of sustainability is illogical, I think. First because the food has already been cooked, so whether or not they finish it will hardly affect the restaurants' overall trashload anyway. Second, over-indulging, over-eating, can cause a long-term disruption to a healthy appetite, causing continuous over-eating. Over-eating is a foe to sustainabilty! My main point is that this policy encourages over-eating, and for several reasons over-eating is not a sustainable practice!
Jun 7, 2010 7:27 PM CDT
this story is misleading...the chef doesn't put a surcharge on eaters who don't finish their plates. the chef gives a DISCOUNT of 30% to patrons who do finish their food. that being said, i'm not really into this. if you pay for the food, you should be able to do with it what you want. what if i ordered something and i didn't like it?