MENUmishaps of the ilk of ‘‘dumpings’’ and ‘‘sweat and sour pork’’ may be amusing in, say, China, but restaurants in lands where English is the native language surely have no such excuse. The list of mistakes in spelling and syntax at establishments across Australia would surely fill an entire issue of T & I, but a worrying trend is the prospect of the menu boast. Recent examples noted include: ‘‘grilled to perfection’’ and ‘‘cooked with love’’ — just when we were expecting imperfection and sheer hatred. Patrons are also regularly told that seafood is fresh. Which is such a relief, as of course we were wondering if the snapper was caught last month — possibly in Shanghai.
Michelle Rowe’s Food Detective column returns next week.