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Menus. Types of menus. The type of menu is based on a number of factors : Time of day Type of client Price range Occasion Style of food. What is a menu?. A menu is a bill of fare offering a variety of food items for eating. Menus. There are a number of basic types of menus

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Menus

Menus


Types of menus

Types of menus

The type of menu is based on a number of factors:

  • Time of day

  • Type of client

  • Price range

  • Occasion

  • Style of food


What is a menu

What is a menu?

A menu is a bill of fare offering a variety of food items for eating


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Menus

There are a number of basic types of menus

  • À la carte

  • Tablé d’hôte

  • Cyclical


La carte

À la carte

  • Individually priced items of which the customer decides what he/she is going to eat


Table d h te

Table d’hôte

  • A set menu

  • Choice of dishes

  • Set number of courses

  • For a fixed price per person

    Occasions:

  • Lunch menu

  • Dinner menu

  • Banquet menu


Cyclical menu

Cyclical menu

  • A menu which repeats itself over a period of time

  • Used primarily for nutritional value and dietary requirements

    e.g. hospitals catering, school meals and industrial canteens


Example of a cyclic menu

Example of a Cyclic menu


Other menu type

Other menu type

  • A small à la carte menu which can change frequently and each dish is individually priced

  • Usually associated with fine dining


Other types and styles of menus

Other types and styles of menus

  • Bistro menu

  • Fine dining menu

  • Banqueting menu

  • Breakfast menu

  • Early bird menu

  • Bar menu

  • Snack menu


Bistro menu

Bistro menu

An à la carte style menu served within a certain style of establishment and style of food

Generally inexpensive with speed and style of service being more informal


Banqueting menus

Banqueting menus

  • Set menus

  • For large numbers

  • Table d’hôte in style

  • Limited choice of dishes at each course


Breakfast menus

Breakfast menus

  • à la carte or table d’hôte style depending on the establishment

  • Buffet-style is very popular

  • In England and Ireland there is still a tradition of a fully cooked breakfast


Early bird menu

Early-bird menu

Primarily promotional menus

Served at off-peak times e.g. pre-theatre meals, between 5-7pm


Bar menu

Limited à la carte style menus

Served in pubs and bars at peak times

Generally consists of local favourites

Served at reasonable prices

Uses many convenience foods

Bar menu


Snack menus

Snack menus

Found in many small cafes

A variety of snacks which

Served throughout the day

Includes sandwiches, drinks etc.


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