20 baffling menu mistakes from around the world

written by Eleanor Aldridge

updated 1.04.2020

Restaurants often go to great efforts to translate their menus for English speakers. But sometimes their best intentions, well, just don't quite go to plan. Detonation eggplant, curried grab and crap sticks sound delicious? That's just the start of it. We've rounded up some of the funniest menu fails from around the world below.

1. We had to try bad pepper fried beef while researching the Rough Guide to Laos

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2. This seems unlikely to "make people taste happiness"

Funny menus rock

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3. The ginger water's in trouble

Funny menus ginger

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Very Special Ginger Ale

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4. Anyone for a curried grab?

Funny menus crab

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5. We can only hope this restaurant isn't advocating cannibalism

Funny menus canibal

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6. It's all about creating the slobber

Funny menus slobber

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7. There's nothing more appetising than a fried crap stick

Funny menus crab

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Local Thai Restaurant

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8. Sometimes prawns are just blown out of all proportion in Vietnam

Funny menus prawn

9. This duck got more than it bargained for

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Cowboy Bone, or Button up the Duck

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10. These casseroles would leave a lasting impression

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11. Well, it probably does

Funny menus cucmber

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12. Why burns the sheep hoof?

Funny menus sheep

13. There are just too many delicious options on offer here

Funny menus frog

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Forest Frog's Ovidcut braises Sydney

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14. Boil broken or not, it could still be a bit chewy

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Interesting Thai Menu Choices

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15. We'll pass, thanks

Funny menus belly

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16. Could we have an order of the wild virus, please?

Funny menus wild virus

17. Don't worry, this vinegar is crudely benign

Funny menus vinegar

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18. Unimaginably good?

Funny menus pork

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19. Tapas here comes with a side of debauchery

Funny menus debauch

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20. Soup maker in cattle? Nope, not a clue

Funny menus spelling
Eleanor Aldridge

written by Eleanor Aldridge

updated 1.04.2020

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