Types Of Menu
What are the six main types of restaurant menus? One of them is the table d'hote. What are the other five?
Five other types of restaurant menus are à la carte menus, which price each food item separately; wine/beverage menus; static menus, which do not change seasonally and are popular with fast-food chains; du jour menus, which offer specific specials of the day; and dessert menus.
The other five types of restaurant menus are:
1) A la Carte menu
The A la Carte menu prices each food item separately; it often contains greater choices for the customer. There are any number of combinations a customer can choose for his/her meal from an A la Carte menu. Although the price of A la Carte items are more expensive than those from a Table d'Hote menu, a customer is allowed greater flexibility and is offered greater value in terms of food quality.
Some high-end restaurants may allow their customers to order breakfast items A la Carte. So, technically, a customer can order varied combinations of breakfast breads, specialty egg dishes, juices, waffles, pancakes, and meat items from an A la Carte breakfast menu. Meanwhile, A la Carte lunch and dinner menus can include varied entrees, appetizers, and ethnic dishes. A unique A la Carte menu is the California menu, where customers can order any food item regardless of the time of day.
2) Wine/Beverage Menu
Many restaurants offer a beverage and wine menu for their customers. These menus often include specialty wines, teas, coffees, and cocktails. There may even be suggestions on which wine best accompanies a particular meal.
3) Static Menu
Static menus are offered all-year long. This type of menu is most prevalent in fast-food restaurants like Macdonalds, Pizza Hut, and Burger King. For example, Big Mac, Filet-O-Fish, McChicken, and Quarter-Pounder burgers are standard Macdonalds fare. At Pizza Hut, specialty pizzas like the Meat Lovers, Vege Lovers, and Pepperoni Lovers are standard fare. The Create-Your-Own pizza section comes with standard vegetable and meat toppings. Over the course of time, however, fast-food chains have added new options to their standard menus during special promotion periods and holidays. However, the static menu is still the prime reason many customers frequent these fast-food restaurants.
4) Du Jour Menu
This type of menu references a special dish for the day. The Du Jour menu can change daily and often depends on the availability of seasonal items. Often, the du jour dish is offered at a discount to customers. Some restaurants also like to offer a soup du jour or soup of the day.
5) Dessert Menu
Dessert menus offer desserts that are specific to particular restaurants. Included in these dessert menus may be specialty desserts the restaurants are famous for. Many steakhouses include separate dessert menus for their guests. For example, Longhorn Steakhouse boasts a gourmet key lime pie and molten lava cake on its dessert menu.
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Here a few more types of restaurant menus:
- Static Menu-A static menu is a menu that is often laminated for easy cleanup. It is usually separated into groups such as appetizers, soups and salads, entrees, desserts, etc. Fast food restaurants often have these types of menus. They are the most common.
- A'la Carte Menu-These types of menus feature items sold individually. For example, if a steak is ordered it will not come with a salad or potato. Those would need to be ordered separately. Higher class restaurants often use these types of menus.
- Du Jour Menu-This kind of menu features an item of the day and changes every day. They are usually focused on seasonal items. Another name for these menus are "chalkboard menus" because they are often written on chalkboards.
- Cycle Menu-These menus offer specific items for each day. For example, fish may be served every Friday, Italian every Saturday, etc. The cycles do not have to run weekly but may run bi-weekly, monthly, etc.
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The question is not fully right. There are not 6 types of menu but in fact there are mainly 2 types of menu which are:
- Table d'hôte
- À la carte
Table d'hôte Menu:
In restaurant terminology a table d'hôte (French pronunciation: [tablə.dot]; lit. "table of the host") menu is a menu where multi-course meals with only a few choices are charged at a fixed total price. Such a menu may be called prix fixe ("fixed price"). The terms set meal and set menu are also used.
Table d'hôte menu can be further classified into few types:
- Coffee houses
- Cyclical menu
À la carte Menu:
À la carte /ɑːləˈkɑːrt/ is an English language loan phrase meaning "according to the menu." It was adopted from French in the early 19th century and refers to "food that can be ordered as separate items, rather than part of a set meal."
À la carte menu can be again classified into following categories:
- Breakfast Menu
- Luncheon Menu
- Dinner Menu
- California Menu
- Ethnic Menu
- Specialty Menu
- Room Service Menu
Beside this 2 major types there are some other menu types as well. For example:
- Static Menu
- Du Jour Menu
- Dessert Menu
- Wine Menu