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This fancy restaurant is serving food on iPads and we have had it, officially

Yes, on iPads. Real iPads.

ONE TWITTER ACCOUNT that always brings us joy is We Want Plates, which chronicles restaurants’ attempts to get creative with crockery.

They’ve seen it all – tempura in a high heeled shoe, rolls in a Lego ‘bread bowl’, trees of sausages – but did they ever anticipate this?

The Michelin-starred Quince restaurant in San Francisco is now serving up meals on iPads. A nice expensive plate for you!

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Truffle hunting via non edible iPad dish

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And you won’t be getting just any old meal on the iPad. either: You’ll be getting ‘white truffle croquettes’ while watching a video of a water dog hunting for said truffles. Meta.

This isn’t the first restaurant to serve up a dish on a screen – Spanish restaurant Arzak has done it for years - but it’s Quince’s attempt to hop on the trend that has gotten people talking on Twitter:

richienakano Source: Twitter/@linecook

While some people are just wondering why you would bother doing it at all, others are more concerned about food safety issues.

And according to Eater.com, this is what the restaurant chose to address in a now-deleted Facebook post, revealing that the iPads are housed in custom boxes that are cleaned after each use:

The iPad and the custom walnut box it rests in combine a little bit of gastronomy, technology, education and whimsy… A simple frame with a plexi glass cover protects the screen. The food does not directly sit on top of the iPad.

Well, at least you can be safe in the knowledge that your iPad food is clean. You can have that.

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