Last weekend, at very good japanese restaurant,, with two other chowhounds, Mrs. W. and I ordered one piece of tempura cheesecake. We had tried this before and knew that one piece would be more than enough for the four of us.
This past weekend, Mrs. W. and I, at a very popular "new american" restaurant, ordered one service of the restaurant's popular "old-fashioned banana pudding." This thing could have been enough for six people. It was monstrous -- I estimated 1,000 calories, of which 800 were from fat.
Why do restaurants do this? Normal, healthy individuals cannot eat desserts like this. It would be hard enough to eat them on an empty stomach, never mind after the typical restaurant meal. And it's not that these things are priced outrageously -- they are priced to encourage people to order them.
Please share your thoughts on this.