So much of the pleasure of eating is also visual. How many times do we say "Oh that looks so good"? or "Just looking at that makes my mouth water"? The plating either adds or detracts from the overall dining experience.
Friday night on our way to Tim's moms house, we stopped at Olive Garden in Sioux City, IA. We don't eat at Olive Garden a lot but when we do, the experience has always been a good one. Tim ordered Short Ribs. I was concerned about the choice because Short Ribs didn't seem to me to be a very Italian dish. As they say, "When in Rome". Maybe he should have ordered pasta?
When our server brought our meals, I took one look at Tim's short ribs and said "That is the most unappealing meal I have ever seen". Tim was trying to make the most of it. He's not as particular as I am but in the end even he admitted it was really bad. To Olive Garden's credit, we told our server the meal was bad and they took the meal off the bill.