When people go out to eat, it is either to fulfill a simple need, which is of hunger or for a dining experience. In both instances, it would be fair to assume that the food and the beverages that are served are important but is that all? We often may not be even aware of it, but the places we eat are where our senses feed and we are not just talking about the two main senses that we feed, which is taste and smell. In most instances, our senses also tend to absorb visually what happens around us and our sense of touch is always alert to the feel and texture of the surfaces with which we interact. That is why whether it is a quick bite kind of place or the one which promises to offer a unique dining experience, there is a lot of thought given to each aspect of the place. Which is probably the reason we come across some remarkable and memorable restaurant interior designs. While many people think that the food, the décor, the sounds and the feel of the restaurant is important, what would you think about the menu? While dining out, do you even give special attention to the menu?
Actually though many of us may not be aware of it, the way the menu is made up will also have a deep impact on the dining experience. It leaves an imprint on your mind like cruise ship interiors to enjoy the nautical journey but only in the culinary sense. If you have not realized that the menu card design has a big impact on the way the dining experience pans out, then we suggest that you pay closer attention to the menu card and you will be surprised at how much it affects you and the whole dining experience. Just think of all those cute coffee shop ideas for you to enjoy your cuppa and you will know what we mean almost at once.
Smart And Creative Menu Card Design Ideas
Here are some smart and creative menu card design ideas that will have you rubbing your hands with glee:
Go with a theme: This almost feels wrong to mention here but it is so important that we could not afford to ignore it. Just imagine that you are out there enjoying a quiet meal in a film themed restaurant. The menu card should be shaped like the clapper board that is used to signal the beginning of the shot, the appetizers could be the vamps to tempt you, the salads and drinks could be the extras, the main courses the leading lady and man and the dessert section could be named special appearances. By now we are sure that you are getting the gist of what we mean.
A little history and mystery: If your restaurant features food that is not part of the local cuisine, then you could add some quirky bits of history or even small tales around the dishes along with the ingredients in the dish. This would ensure that people know what they are getting into when they order the dish and also make them aware of the significance of the dish. This could also be a gentle way of reminding the person to think of their allergies and become aware of it.
Box, details and pictures: Food is a visual treat and the menu card is a depiction of this and that is why it should get the due importance that it deserves. You could go with a menu card that is shaped like a box with the motif of what lies behind the items. You could also add pictures and details if that is what you like. You can also add elements of the nativity of the dish like showing the fan to denote some culture where it is important or a shell for seafood menus. Well-lit and nicely clicked pictures of the dishes on the menu card can make patrons drool and order the item, which is what the idea behind running the restaurant.
Do share with us details of unique menu card designs and ideas that you have come across while dining out.