Unique Restaurant Menu Ideas for 2022admin
Are you ready for the new year? Spice up the appeal of your establishment with these unique restaurant menu ideas for 2022!
Another problematic year shaped by the global COVID-19 pandemic is drawing to an end. The world has yet to find a sound solution to the crisis that has profoundly reshaped – for better or worse – the entire foodservice industry and the way we go about restaurant service. Still, one of the valuable things 2021 has taught us is the great importance of aligning our services with the ever-changing needs of our customers.
We’ve already taken a look at the best restaurant food trends you to look out for in 2022. On a similar note, we will introduce you to 5 unique restaurant menu ideas to help your business stand out and grow in 2022!
5 Food Trends and Unique Restaurant Menu Ideas
1. Comfort Foods & Nostalgic Dishes
As 2021 Kerry Taste Charts points out so well, we’ve noticed an odd mix of novelty and nostalgia shaping taste expectations in the US: “tastes are trending toward traditional comforting flavors and new and novel taste innovations.” This trend is expected to persist in 2021, as customers will keep seeking comfort from foods and beverages to counter the hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic.
That being said, comfort foods aren’t necessarily simple or easy to prepare. Depending on the chef’s choices, they can capture a high-end appeal while still maintaining that classic, sweetly nostalgic feeling sought by diners. Some dishes that could make it on your comfort-food menu include Beef Wellington, Classic Cheeseburger, Beef-and-Bean Chili, Pumpkin Ravioli, Skillet Lasagna, Crawfish Cornbread, Cheesy Potato Casserole, Beef Stew, Spaghetti and Meatballs, and Chicken Parm Pasta. For even more ideas, head to this fantastic list of 70 Comfort Food Recipes You’ll Make Over and Over Again by The Pioneer Woman.
2. Anti-inflammatory Herbs & Healthful Spices
In one of our previous blogs, restaurant food trends to look out for in 2022, we’ve mentioned that consumers are shifting their attention to so-called functional foods in an attempt to pay more attention to their health and overall wellbeing. Due to this rising trend, it is expected that anti-inflammatory spices will be a much sought-after component of 2022 restaurant menus.
After all, spices have been essential ingredients in our kitchens for centuries. Not only do they enhance the flavor, color, and aroma of our dishes, but they also boast significant health benefits — an aspect that people are more and more aware of. Therefore, be sure to incorporate some of these anti-inflammatory spices in your dishes:
- Black Pepper
Here are some other healthy herbs and spices to use in your dishes and highlight on your menu:
3. Peculiar Entrees
According to Southern Living, a strategy used by restaurants to cut food costs without sacrificing taste is to spotlight traditionally less popular items that are more reasonably priced but can still be prepared in ways that bring out excellent flavors. For instance, Chef Gary Palm of Primrose in Destin, Florida, is making Monkfish roasted with smoked apple bacon and tomato onion confit, as well as Cobia with wild mushrooms and Thai pepper basil.
As consumers will continue to seek out culinary innovations, such unique and innovative entrées are expected to grow in popularity throughout 2022. This is a terrific opportunity for chefs eager to experiment with wholesome ingredients and new, exciting flavors!
Yuzu Is Poised to Be One of 2022’s Trendiest Foods. Yahoo!News tells us. This unique citrus fruit has been gaining popularity in the US for quite some time, and restaurants will likely adopt even more yuzu-based dishes and cocktails on their menus over the following months. Here are a few yuzu-based recipes that could spice up your restaurant in 2022:
- Yuzu Sorbet
- Yuzu Ponzu
- Yuzu Pound Cake
- Yuzu Pie Bars
- Yuzu-Glazed Salmon
- Roast Yuzu Chicken with Japanese Slaw
- Yuzu Cocktail
- Yuzu Ranch Dressing
But Yuzu is only one of the many exciting citrus fruits that US restaurant customers have developed a strong taste for. Therefore, be sure to also check out these 8 Types of Citrus Fruits and How to Use Them Best in your kitchen!
5. Shrinking, Better Menus
According to Forbes, many US chefs agree that smaller menus are the way in 2022. Vinson Petrillo, executive chef at Zero Restaurant + Bar in Charleston, South Carolina, perfectly sums up this rising trend: “Smaller menus, more veggies.” If you’ve been following significant restaurant trends, then you’ll notice this is a continuation of the extensive efforts made throughout the past years to reduce food waste, cut costs, and use better-quality, locally-sourced ingredients in US restaurants.
Need more proof? Ryan Poli, executive chef at Bobby Hotel in Nashville, told Food&Wine: “I’m seeing an influx of hyper-locally sourced ingredients with chefs focusing on smaller, tighter menus.” In short, diners expect an even more decisive shift to healthy, locally-grown produce, while restaurants and chefs everywhere are making extensive efforts to adapt and simultaneously reduce food waste and high production costs.
Choose the Right Food Partner
We hope these restaurant menu ideas and tips have given you a good image of what customers might expect throughout the following year. If you’re ready to make a positive change for your restaurant, we’re here for you! Riviera Produce delivers a wide assortment of locally-sourced, fresh produce to NYC’s Five Boroughs, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Philadelphia!