Pick the right cutlery!

Pick the right cutlery!

, by Nathaniel Fraikue, 3 min reading time

An ideal restaurant is replete with good art décor, furniture, lighting, music besides great cuisine and friendly staff. However, one thing that goes amiss is cutlery. Ever paid attention to the right cutlery to use? It goes beyond using the standard knife, spoon and fork. However, you’ll be surprised to know how wrong cutlery can turn out to be a disaster for your business. Depending on what food you serve, there are several types of cutlery available here at Napev. This article will give you a glimpse of how you can bring variation in cutlery type and make dining out a memorable experience for your patrons

Types of cutlery

Cutlery implies instruments used for cutting and eating food. This includes, knives, forks and spoons. But there are different types of knives, forks and spoons for different purposes.

Different knives are designed to serve specific tasks. Using the right knife makes it easier to perform that task. A knife can be designed for striking, chopping, tearing, dicing, spreading, carving or slicing. The difference lies in the blade of the knife whether it is pointed, blunt, serrated etc

Dull blades are used for cutting soft or cooked foods whiles serrated blades are easy for cutting meat. Non-serrated steak knives allow for a cleaner cut while pointed knives help in cutting or paring fruits. Knife with a broad flat blade is suitable for eating fish while knife with blunt ends is used to spread butter, cheese spreads, marmalades etc.

Dinner knife- Dinner knife is sized between 9 ½ and 10 inches. It is used to cut and push food.

Steak knife- A steak knife can be used in place of table knife or in addition to it. It can be serrated or non-serrated depending on specific steak cuts. It is usually four to six inches long.

Fish knife- Fish knife is used when fish is served for dinner. Fish knife measures 8 ¾ inches with a wide blade and dull edge. The tip of fish knife aids in separating layers of fish and lift bones.

Dessert knife- Dessert knife can be used for dessert, fresh or candied fruit. It can be used to cut cakes and pastries. It goes together with the dessert spoon.

Butter knife- Butter knife has a rounded point so that it does not scrape the bread while spreading butter. Small in size at 5 to 6 inches. Table knife is equally acceptable if butter knife is not available.

Dinner fork- Meant for the main course, dinner fork measures around seven inches.

Dessert fork- It is used for eating cake, pies and pastries. It is more or less similar to salad fork.

Fish fork- It is used for holding and serving fish. Tines are uniform in width and length.

Teaspoon- It is meant for stirring coffee, tea, soups and eating.

Tablespoon- A tablespoon is bigger than a teaspoon and is used for serving food from serving bowls.

Soup spoon- A large rounded spoon used for eating soup. An oval spoon is used in case soup contains meat, vegetables etc.

Dessert spoon- It is used for eating sweet dishes.

Fruit spoon- Fruit spoon has an elongated bowl and a pointed tip that aids in cutting fruit and eating fruits like grapes, oranges and melons.

Tips to keep in mind while purchasing cutlery

  • Apart from the standard fork, knife and spoon set, decide what else is necessary based on what you serve. For example, if you serve sea food, do buy seafood forks.
  • Buy durable cutlery set that lasts you longer. Stainless steel is the safest bet.
  • Cutlery should be in sync with the theme of your restaurant.
  • Make sure cutlery is comfortable to handle. Try it before buying.
  • Buy light weight cutlery for kids.
  • Have sufficient stock as a backup in case of any mishap.

(Rancelab, 2017)


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