Is there any fixed usage to describe that the food's amount is too little (far less than expectation).

For example, one scenario would be :

That restaurant's food tastes good, but (food/dish's amount is too little)

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    The portions (1.2) are (very) small. Commented May 25, 2020 at 16:55
  • "... but you don't get much."
    – Greybeard
    Commented May 25, 2020 at 17:01
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    As per @WeatherVane, "The food is good, but the portions are too small." Commented May 25, 2020 at 17:22
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    I once saw, in a review: "portion size: we were lucky there was a KFC on the way home". Commented May 25, 2020 at 19:07
  • “It was good, what there was of it.”
    – Xanne
    Commented May 26, 2020 at 2:48

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How about ". . the portions are disappointingly diminutive"

  • Since there are quite a number of ways to say this, including several that would be simpler, you might want to explain what you'd be trying to convey by choosing this particular expression. Commented May 27, 2020 at 13:03
  • Point taken. This might be appropriate if the speaker were pretentious.
    – gorlux
    Commented May 28, 2020 at 19:43

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