I have had one or those starters. It was called a Blooming Onion where I had it.Ex "Purple Star" 1995. Our Paras and RM - together - both exercising in North Carolina, at the same time.
One night, I found myself eating with a group of "Civ Sec" folk, in a nice civvi restaurant.
Surprise ONE: someone had ordered the "Fried Onion" starter. It had been chopped every-which-way from the top-down, and when cooked, it opened-up like a HUGE chrysanthemum . . . . It must have been 8" in diameter.
Surprise TWO: the waiter brought out an OK size beef joint, which I thought would do the 5-6 of us, sat around the table. Turns out . . . it was MY "steak" . . . all for myself !!
I then had a half rack of ribs that looked like they'd come off a Brontosaurus. I think I was full after two.