In Toronto, we are blessed to have a plethora of restaurants specializing in regional cuisines from all over the world. Many of them take great pride in sourcing authentic ingredients and putting a lot of time and effort into their prep and cooking. However I frequently see people post on the Ontario board who wouldn't blink at paying $30 and up for a single, rather small plate of "haute" cuisine, yet balk and complain about paying $15 or even $10 or $12 for a plate of "ethnic" food that is often large enough to be shared.
I've seen and personally experienced the type of effort required to create a wonderful Chinese, Thai, Indian or Mexican dishes (and I'm not limiting the category to these regions). It's a lot of work! I understand that oftentimes these wonderful regional restaurants have minimal atmosphere and basic service. But this is not always the case.
Any thoughts or theories as to why this is and perhaps how we can change this mindset?