Not all of these World Of Warcraft feasts look like things you’d want to eat.
Feasts were added in World of Warcraft ‘s third expansion, Wrath of the Lich King. They have made the Cooking and Fishing professions much more useful, even in the endgame. Feasts place an item that the party or raid can use to heal themselves outside of battle and, more importantly, to give their stats a big boost.
What would they taste like? Even though we can’t eat them ourselves, we can look at what the most powerful feast in each expansion looks like and what ingredients go into it to rank them by how tasty they might be.
Lavish Suramar Feast (Legion)
When I look at the Lavish Suramar Feast, the word “lavish” isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. It has a lot on its stone plates, mostly meat, but “lavish” makes me think of fancy cooking and elegant plating, and this…is not that.
When I look at this spread, I think of the words “sloppy” and “undercooked.” That rump looks like it was just taken out of the oven, and that foot still has its claws. It’s too bad, because some of the food for the feast sounds good, like a Slice of Bacon, Leybeque Ribs, and Drogbar-style Salmon that makes you have pepper breath. The chance of getting Azerothian food poisoning from undercooked meat makes one feel a little sick.
Seafood Magnifique Feast (Cataclysm)
The recipe says that this is a feast, but all you can see is one crab in boiling water in a wicker basket. Even though crab is tasty no matter how it’s cooked, you can’t deny that boiled crab is tasty. However, this doesn’t look like it could serve a raid.
The list of ingredients includes a lot of seafood, so at least on paper, this feast lives up to its name. Unfortunately, boiled fish isn’t very tasty, which is what the presentation says about how they’re cooked. The strangest thing about this recipe, though, is that crab is not one of the three ingredients, even though it is one of the most important parts of the dish.
Feast of Gluttonous Hedonism (Shadowlands)
Gluttonous is right, that is a lot of food, enough to feed at least 35 hungry adventurers. Sadly, “a lot” does not mean “well-prepared.” It’s a pile of food that doesn’t care about looks or moderation. Also, that fish looks like it’s not quite done.
This looks like something aliens would make if they didn’t know much about human food. For example, there are unpeeled bananas in that cake. Also, it’s weird that half of the ingredients come from animals that died and went to the Azerothian afterlife, only to be killed and eaten again. That’s not good.
Fish Feast (Wrath of the Lich King)
The Fish Feast is the first feast in the game’s history, so it is modest, but not without its charm in World of Warcraft. Even though it’s low-poly, a fish cooked over an open fire, nicely browned, and served on a silver platter seems oddly healthy.
Even though it’s not in the actual recipe, the citrus fruit garnish is a nice touch. Also, the rest of the fish in the recipe isn’t on the platter. Which makes it hard to tell if we’re looking at a cooked Musselback Sculpin, Glacial Salmon, or Nettlefish.
Feast of the Waters (Warlords of Draenor)
A simple spread that looks delicious, especially for people who like seafood. Except for bivalves like mussels and clams. There is something for everyone who loves the sea’s bounty.
This is also one of the best recipes for showing what’s in it. You can tell that the thing that looks like a lobster is a Sea Scorpion Segment, the fish is a Blind Lake Sturgeon. And the tentacle on the octopus is a Fire Ammonite Tentacle. The rest of the things were probably ground up and put in the soup. The problem with this recipe is that it doesn’t seem to have any seasoning.
Bountiful Captain’s Feast (Battle For Azeroth)
This really was a feast that lived up to its name. It was a smorgasbord of the best Zandalari and Kul’Tiran food, bringing together people from two countries that are at war.
This feast has a lot of tasty meats and seafood, like hearty fish steaks, bone-in meat. And lobster tails, all nicely arranged on a tiered plate and topped with a tiered cake that looks delicious. Come for the delicious food and stay for the good numbers.
Grand Banquet Of The Kalu’ak (Dragonflight)
The Grand Banquet of the Kalu’ak looks the most “cooked” of all the dishes. One piece of fish has some nice grill marks, and most of the other pieces are browning. Even the sliced fish, which looks the least cooked, has a color that suggests it was poached or steamed.
All of the different ways to make the dish show that the seasoning and flavors were thought out. But it’s a little scary that each one seems to have a dessert hidden in it.
This dish can be made three different ways, but the end result is always the same. Even if they did the same thing every time, it would have been nice if each recipe made the food look different.
Pandaren Treasure Noodle Cart (Mists of Pandaria)
The Pandaren Treasure Noodle Cart is the cutest way to serve food in all of World of Warcraft. You get a big pot of soup and some piping hot bao buns at a stand that looks like it could be at a night market. This 8 Ball Pool feast also gets extra points for being one of the cleanest in World Of Warcraft because it’s at standing height. While most of the other feasts are low to the ground or even just on the ground.
And the variety of delicious food! People say that this cart only serves Pandaren Treasure Noodle Soup. But the ingredients tell a much tastier and more interesting story. There’s Black Pepper Ribs and Shrimp, Mogu Fish Stew, Steam Crab Surprise, etc. Who else is getting hungry right now?