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Food Presentation: People Eat With Their Eyes
29% of diners think dishes taste better when they look better (Source). A thoughtfully plated dish can help customers better appreciate the flavors. And Instagram-worthy dishes can generate buzz.
Here are our favorite quick tips for restaurant plating.
Stack it up
Height goes a long way in visual appeal, so layer your ingredients upward.
Try ramekins, molds, or rings to build height, along with microgreens or sprouts. Strategically place edible garnishes to add depth. Simple measures can make a big difference.
Contrasting colors make your dishes stand out. Try a bright yellow lemon next to purple beets, or vibrant red tomatoes on a bed of greens. Or go complementary, adding different shades of green herbs and dressings.
Plan Your Plates
White plates let food shine, whereas black provides a stark contrast. Experiment with different hues, patterns, or materials, but stay consistent. Ensure your plates match your portions. Bigger plates for smaller portions may make your diners feel shortchanged.
Keep symmetry, negative space, and portioning in mind when balancing your plate. Symmetry and patterns can create visual harmony. Negative space draws the eyes to the focal points of a dish. Portions should be optically balanced — not too crowded or too empty.
Add the Final Touches
Garnishes and texture add dimension and interest to your dishes. Think crispy and crunchy elements like crushed peanuts or creamy and smooth ones like ricotta cheese. Herbs, microgreens, and edible flowers can also bolster visual appeal for that finishing touch.
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