It’s all over for burrata lovers.
According to the New York Magazine, the cheese is a ‘big fat blob of boring’.
In the viral piece, columnist Tammie Teclemariam urges readers to ‘cool it with all the burrata balls’ stressing that the cheese always has to come accompanied with something – it’s simply never enough on its own.
‘Too often,’ she writes, ‘the burrata is the focal point, a thick blob of cold dairy that gets a few splashes of seasonal garnishes and a $20 price tag.’
So, it begs the question: which other foods are overhyped?
Perhaps a certain food’s popularity feels like a conspiracy to you?
Or there’s one that you’ve tried over and over again… but you’ve always been left bitterly disappointed.
We asked people to share the foods they think should be cancelled and, most importantly, why. Below are eight things people think our taste buds could live without…
Kat Storr, 38, Tooting
I feel like it’s sold as this pricey, delicious delicacy but then it’s put on foods which are lovely on their own (without it), such as cheese or pasta, and then the strong flavour ruins it.
I don’t get the hype, it tastes like smelly soil to me. I could eat mushrooms every day, but truffle repulses me. There is a lot of snobbery around it, but I just don’t get it. I would never pay £4 for a bag of truffle crisps – give me salt and vinegar any time.
Ellie Phillips, 36, Tunbridge Wells
Whenever we go out for breakfast or brunch sourdough bread is always the default menu option for anything that would usually come ‘on toast’.
And so, you assume it must be a tried and tested combination and therefore the best for the meal. But then it’s an absolute nightmare to eat. Whether it’s trying to cut through the crust with a knife and fork, or break through it with your teeth, you feel like you’re essentially going to war against your food. It’s incredibly stressful either way, and not exactly a taste sensation that’s worth the endeavour. Bring back good old toast.
Katrina Mirpuri, 28, London
I remember I liked all my school dinners but I never liked shepherd’s pie. It’s really flavourless.
Since then, I’ve had proper shepherd’s pie in pubs and at nice restaurants but I just don’t think it’s all that. It just tastes like mince in gravy, topped with flavourless mash. Part of me has always wondered why cheese wasn’t incorporated into the dish. I think it would taste so much better with lots of cheddar on top – or an extra element of flavour.
It just tastes like unseasoned gruel. There’s no other dish in this world I don’t like, but I hate shepherd’s pie.
Pastel de natas
Alex Emberton, 30, Shrewsbury
I think pastel de natas are currently the most overrated food. Flaky pastry doesn’t do it for me and the fillings are often so rich and sickly. I think I’ve left more than I’ve finished.
I’m sure this isn’t helped by their popularity, as people who have no business going near egg custard churn them out by the hundred to keep up with demand.
Felicity Freeborn, 24, London
My most overrated food is Nutella. I think the way it’s stuffed into every baked good and paraded about on Instagram, oozing everywhere, is so overdone – not least because it tastes like sweetened vegetable oil and cheap chocolate.
Francesca De Franco, 44, Banstead, Surrey.
For me, it’s baked beans.
They seem to have universal appeal; even my Italian cousin – who is blessed with wonderful cuisine day in, day out – was obsessed with them when he visited the UK.
However, I think they taste synthetic and too sweet, and ruin perfectly lovely natural haricot beans. They make toast horribly soggy and should have no place in an English Breakfast or fry up.
Ross McCafferty, 32 London
They can hardly be described as ‘healthy’ given the amount of carbs and fat, but a roast dinner has always felt like it had too many vegetables to be considered a properly indulgent meal. For me, it contains the type of ingredients that your mum would insist you forced yourself to eat before you were allowed to have pudding.
Roast potatoes (which I call the coward’s chip), cauliflower, too-tough beef, and Yorkshire puddings – all among my bottom-tier of foods.
Give me a hungover Sunday takeaway over an overpriced roast any day.
Francesca Stainer, 29, London
When I think of a dip, it should be a moistener. Hummus to me is just thick and so dry, I can’t handle it.
So, to dip a crisp in hummus to me is just like eating a dry piece of toast with more dry toast on top. I sound mad but the dryness gets to me.
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