Yeah, I was surprised at how hostile some folks seem about it. Now, I get not wanting to pay, say, $15 for something that isn't going to fill me up. That's because I'm pretty cheap.
But I wouldn't blame a place that's clearly billing itself as a small plates sort of place for having gourmet small plates for that price. If I were looking for a great, fancy night out, I'd go for something like that. No it wouldn't be an every day sort of thing, but, I wouldn't expect to fill up at a small plates place. I think the real issue is one of managing expectations. I think people are really expecting a whole dinner for that price, and the "gourmet" is somehow being lost in translation.