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Do You Try to Re-Create Restaurant Dishes?

Whether you're making a sandwich or trying to copy a dish at a high-end establishment, restaurants can be great inspiration for home cooks.

Do you get ideas for recipes from restaurants?


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aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Very rarely...
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 9 years
My bf recreated a vegetable & chorizo Moroccan cous cous from Chez Omar (Paris) and it was actually really good! We've also made our own paella before but that could be improved. :D
Just-Oh Just-Oh 9 years
I recreate dishes all the time, even ones from movies. The timpano from Big Night was a particular success! I also made French Laundry's "Oysters & Pearls" for a dinner a few years back. Delicious.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I do this all the time and everything always comes out amazing. There are websites out there for this and they are so fun. A lot of the times I just put my own personal spin on things but take ideas from the meal at the restaurant.
Marseeah Marseeah 9 years
I made lettuce wraps for my cocktail party last night (thanks to a YumSugar recipe!) and it was a HUGE hit. Three girls asked me for the recipe.
Katharine Katharine 9 years
I would love to have that feature party. I have done a few sandwiches but that's it. Dh and I go to restaurants because we can each get something we like. It is a picky eater so cooking at home is boring because the dishes we both eat are limited.
madetoheal madetoheal 9 years
I *want* to recreate recipes, but I have no clue where to start. If only I could get Surf Taco to send me their vingarette stuff...
verily verily 9 years
I have replicated a few recipes from restaurants. And I make the Cracker Barrel hash brown casserole a few times a year.
emalove emalove 9 years
Sure, if I love the meal, I might try to do my own version at home...there is this amazing vegetarian restaurant in Key West and I had some delicious sandwiches there last summer. When I came home, I tried to recreate them.
techkim techkim 9 years
I was like yes I don't do the fast food copies that much and totally forgot I made Carl's Jr Santa Fe chicken sandwich. It was spot on :)
GirlNinja GirlNinja 9 years
I made the black bean soup from Zoup! I was so proud of myself!
nikodarling nikodarling 9 years
There are a few websites out there that do recreate restaurant recipes. Most of them are recipes from uninspired big chains. I prefer the exotic local eateries myself. As for recreating recipes myself I try once in a while but I usually take a basic idea and make it my own rather than try to completely recreate the dish. I also like to try to recreate some of the items on Iron Chef. That one can be a major challenge.
Wolfie Wolfie 9 years
My big thing is recreating food from comedy shows - a lot of UK ones but Seinfeld is good for this. I've made soup nazi soups, and chocolate babka recently which went down very well!
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 9 years
Count me in. My job gives me a little inside edge.
CoconutPie CoconutPie 9 years
It would be really awesome, Party! Please do it! :D
partysugar partysugar 9 years
I have been wanting to start a feature here that does just this. It would be called Restaurant Recreations!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
Mirin seasoning sauce (not the wine), soy sauce, white sugar 1/2 cup mirin, 1/4 cup soy, 2 tblsp sugar, simmer till thick, add more sugar if you want it thicker. You can get mirin at any chinese market.
mondaymoos mondaymoos 9 years
CaterpillarGirl, I would LOVE your recipe for Eel sauce.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I have recreated my fav thai places Red curry dish, i make my own sushi now having recreated the spicy sauce and eel sauce that comes with my favorite rolls, I make a killer alfredo sauce from scratch, everything else i havent figured out yet!
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