The best restaurants are known for their excellent ambiance, superb service, and exceptional food offerings. Customers need to find all three elements, too, before they can give a dining establishment positive reviews and high ratings.
Among all three elements, food is typically the primary reason that propels restaurants to instant fame and success. Many customers won’t mind waiting for several minutes to be seated or served if they are sure they will get a scrumptious meal.
The popularity of food trucks and hawker centers has also made it clear that people don’t mind sitting in parks, alleys, or standing in the streets, as long as they have a satisfying meal.
Because of these reasons, improving the quality of your food to turn it into your biggest draw should be your priority. This is especially important if you are noticing a slide in your restaurant sales.
Below are five tips you can follow to improve the quality of the food you serve in your restaurant:
Invest in technology
Consistency is something that affects the quality of your restaurant food. When chefs or cooks do not follow the recipe or you get all your ingredients from any supplier that offers them cheap, your dishes won’t taste the way you and your customers expect them.
The taste of the food you serve may also vary, which doesn’t bode well for your restaurant business. This inconsistency will turn off even your most loyal patrons.
Investing in a restaurant management system in Saudi Arabia (or wherever you are located) will ensure your kitchen staff follows the standard recipe. They won’t have to rely on their memory when preparing dishes, as doing so can lead to inconsistencies in flavors and presentation.
When your kitchen crew has easy access to the recipes, they can and should follow it every time they cook a dish. This will help maintain the flavor consistency of all dishes, which, in turn, will improve the quality of food in your restaurant.
Your restaurant management system can also help you with managing your supplies. This software will alert you when your ingredients are running low. You can then replenish them in time and avoid purchasing ingredients that may be of poor quality from any supplier, which will also affect your food.
With a restaurant management system, you will be able to avoid food quality and inconsistency issues.
When you use fresh ingredients in all your dishes, you will elevate their flavor profile. This will significantly improve the quality of your food.
Fresh ingredients give dishes a richer taste. When your offerings hit the right flavor combination, you will have stellar menu items that will satisfy all your customers and keep them coming back.
Keep in mind that the best tasting foods are always the freshest. When you start making freshness a priority, your customers will notice the difference in quality. You can then expect them to return and spread the word about your restaurant.
Highlight healthy ingredients and dishes
With more people becoming health-conscious today, entice more customers and improve the quality of your food at the same time by using and showcasing fresh fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and other nutritious ingredients in your menu offerings.
Add more vegetarian options and tweak your dishes to make them healthier. You can do this by adding salads as sides to your main courses and incorporating fresh fruits in your desserts.
Also, instead of using artificial flavorings, add organic herbs and spices to enhance the flavors of your dishes. Use the right cooking methods to bring out the natural tastes of your ingredients, as well.
Additionally, let your customers know that you are serving healthy foods. Highlight their benefits so that your diners can appreciate them even more.
Improve quality control
Since using fresh ingredients is a must in enhancing food quality, you have to ensure your supplies maintain their freshness for as long as possible.
Check your food storage processes and look for lapses or issues that can affect food freshness. If needed, invest in better containers so that you can preserve the quality of your supplies. You may have to reorganize your pantry and even buy an additional freezer or fridge as well.
Additionally, train your kitchen staff to check the quality of ingredients thoroughly before using them. Whether the supplies are newly delivered or not, your team should know how to choose only the freshest ones to use in their dishes.
Lastly, ensure your customers get their orders as soon as possible. They will appreciate you and your meals more if they always get freshly prepared dishes since they taste better.
Use local and seasonal ingredients
Finally, getting ingredients from local producers and suppliers will allow you and your team to check their quality faster. Locally-sourced foods tend to be fresher as well since they don’t have to travel far to reach your restaurant.
Due to these reasons, you will be able to serve high-quality, better-tasting dishes to your customers.
Make sure you promote these changes in your menu, as well. By doing so, you will draw new customers that are fans of restaurants that use homegrown supplies and offer changing menus with foods that are fresh and in season.
Although these steps in improving your restaurant food quality require some investment and effort, if you want to have an establishment that stands out and draws in numerous diners every day, implement these changes right away.
Ahmad Alzaini is the co-founder and CEO of Foodics, a fast-growing foodtech startup. A businessman by nature, Alzaini is an app aficionado, developing businesses in Saudi Arabia within several industries. Today, Foodics has extended to new markets across the MENA region, processing over 1 billion transactions, and offering the latest technology in POS and restaurant management.