16/12/2016 9:41 AM AEDT | Updated 16/12/2016 2:37 PM AEDT

Here Are All The Disturbing Things Restaurants Use Instead of Plates

Make it stop!

Whatever happened to the humble plate? These days restaurants turn to increasingly inventive -- and frustrating -- ways of serving food.

We Want Plates is leading "the crusade against serving food on bits of wood and roof slates, jam-jar drinks and chips in mugs". And it seems the world is giving it the online high-five by sending in their ridiculous restaurant meals.

It turns out plates are there for a reason. For example, they stop your food from spilling onto the table and into your lap. For the record, a plank of wood, rectangular slate, piece of a tree trunk etc does not count as a plate, but it does count as an excuse to charge extra for your food.

Gone are the days when your meal comes assembled. Diners find themselves paying for the privilege of constructing their own food.

But some restaurants push the boundaries way too far. Take a look at some of the wackiest non-plates out there: