They say if you want to limit the amount you eat, you should use smaller dishes. And honestly, this makes a crap load of sense. If you have a small dish, you can’t fill it with as much. If you’re still hungry, you can always get seconds. But there’s another aspect to it.
Even though this was plenty of food, looking at it was really disappointing. Before I started eating, I thought it looked so pitiful. I knew in my heart of hearts that it would be enough, but damn that’s a sad plate.
When in doubt, use smaller dishes. Studies have shown that people given smaller portions are equally satisfied with their meals. Of course, if it’s crab legs, there is no satisfaction until it hurts to eat another bite.