DIY Tasting Menu
A new concept at The Ten Room, the luxury restaurant at London's Hotel Café Royal, allows diners to bring their own ingredients to be cooked as part of a tasting menu.
Diners can bring up to four ingredients of their choice – from their favourite vegetable to a rare spice or herb – which will be prepared by the restaurant's chefs. After sampling champagne and canapés, diners have the opportunity to meet the chefs and discuss the menu, before enjoying the four-course meal. The chefs will also prepare a signed recipe card of their favourite course to take away after the meal.
The tasting menu is being reimagined in many fine-dining restaurants as chefs look to personalise the dining experience by giving consumers more control. At London restaurant The Connaught, diners choose their preferred ingredients by selecting from a series of inscribed marbles, and are then served a custom-designed menu. Meanwhile, patrons at London restaurant Canvas can assemble their own tasting menu from a choice of 16 dishes. For more on the evolution of fine-dining restaurants, see New Rules for Fine Dining.
For further insight into changing service standards across the dining industry, see Future Service: Destination Dining.