What Lies Beneath a Restaurant Menu

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What Lies Beneath a Restaurant Menu

Illustration: Riya Rathod

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ver walked into one of those new, hip restaurants recommended by Instagram? The one whose name probably came from the unholy union of two words from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, that serves water in glass jars filled with mint leaves, and has furniture that was definitely made by some indigenous artisan in south India?

If your answer is yes, then you’ll have also noticed that once you pick up the menu, you’re presented with a tantalising spread of experiences that await your taste buds. You scan the artfully designed menu, give in to your cravings, and by the end of the meal you’ve gone from “I’ll just have a few bites,” to “Can you pack this up please?” What made you go to bed so full of food that you’re suddenly a bloated bag of gas? Man, how’d you play yourself sucka?

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