With so many new diets and dietary restrictions these days, is it even possible for your restaurant to cater for them all and does it even matter?
Our mystery guests love being “difficult customers” and we’ve included some easy tips below for helping you to stay ahead of the diet trend.
Firstly, know thy diet (a rather rudimentary guide)
vegetarian – no meat, no fish but does eat eggs and dairy;
vegan – no animal products at all (no meat, no fish, no eggs, no dairy);
pescatarian – like a vegetarian but also eats fish;
ovo-vegetarian – like a vegan, but eats eggs;
lacto-vegetarian – like a vegan, but has dairy;
raw foodist – like a vegan, but food cannot be cooked above certain (very low) temperatures;
gluten free – as the name implies!
banting – low carb, high protein.
Secondly, examine your menu
You needn’t redo your entire menu, but catering for any of the above dietary restrictions can be really easy. You don’t even need to have a specific menu option available, but could rather include a note that your restaurant is “[insert whichever applicable diet] friendly” and encourage guests to ask their waitron for more information.
Thirdly, make small changes
Most restaurants already cater for pescatarians, vegetarians (lacto- and ovo-vegetarians) and the banters, but there are some really easy ways to make guests with other dietary restrictions feel more welcome –
- stock long-life soya/almond/rice milk for the vegans;
- stock gluten-free breads / wraps;
- have a gluten-free pasta option (if your restaurant serves pasta);
- consider “build your own” salad, pizza or wrap options to enable customers to choose their own fillings/toppings;
- many of your current menu options may already be catering for specific requirements, without you even realizing this. Discuss menu items with your head chef and identify those that can be re-branded where appropriate.
Customers with special dietary requirements are more than happy to pay a little extra, so feel free to add an on small levy for the soya milk or gluten free wrap options – your restaurant patrons will gladly pay this.
If you are still feeling lost in a world of interesting diets, contact Guestwho and we will happily assist you in identifying where your restaurant can make simple changes with significant results for your special request guests.