Japanese Restaurant Fines Customers Who Don’t Finish Their Food
In this Sapporo eatery, you must assess your hunger before you order or you may have to pay the price.
‘Finish your food’ is a common utterance from parent to child, and now it is being used by a Japanese restaurant to its diners. If you go to a seafood eatery in Sapporo, Japan and do not finish your dish, you will have to pay a ‘donation’, as the restaurant calls it, but it is essentially a fine for not licking the plate clean.
This requirement only applies to one dish: tsukko meshi, a bowl of rice heaped with as much salmon roe as the diner wants. If your eyes are bigger than your stomach, you will be punished for it. The reasoning behind fining diners for this specific dish is out of respect for the food and the people involved in fishing it. The menu reads: