I've had this grater for some time now and I love it. I also have a micro-plane and a larger box grater, but they've fallen to the background.
You're probably aware that I don't indulge in many extraneous tools. I'd originally worried that this gadget wouldn't see very much action, as it's not big enough to be a large grate, and not small enough to be small. But it has turned out to be the best of both worlds. It's all about the grate shape; this is called a "ribbon-grater".
These little "V's" shred neat strips that are ideal for items like Parmesan cheese and garlic for sauteing. The result is the perfect size, not so small as to dissolve, and not so large as to be clunky. So it's a pretty versatile utensil.
The things that it's NOT good for:
- zesting citrus
- grating potatoes for hash browns
- grating mountains of cheese for mac & cheese.
This grate is perfect for pasta. It retains the integrity of the flavor
and texture of the cheese without overpowering.