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.