Trying out a new cuisine and exploring food seems at the top of the priority list for most foodies. The exposure to different cultures and cuisines through frequent travelling, media and the internet has fuelled an interest in regional and ethnic cuisines. People are now obsessed with the idea of exploring the gastronomical journey. This makes them curious and open to new options then the same old delights. This nature is great influencing factor in predicting the food trends of 2017.
Our country has witnessed a drastic change in food trends, beyond just basic mainstream cuisine, which has been a welcome change for restaurateurs giving them a chance to experiment. Previously any restaurant that served food outside mainstream Indian, Italian or Chinese was not immediately well received. The old rule of sticking to these mainstream cuisines to be safe and ensure your food establishment works is slowly changing. We can see many restaurants which are opting to serve cuisines like Lebanese, Greek, Mexican and a host of other types of food too.
Rise of offbeat Mediterranean cuisine - We have been quite familiar with the flavors and the delicacies of Middle Eastern cuisine but Mediterranean is giving a tough fight through its sublime and zesty flavors. It is not just Hummus, Falafel and Caesar salad any more. Food mongers have shown an interest to try authentic dishes such as Moussakka, Moroccan Tagine, Greek specialty Tzatziki, Jordon Mansaf, etc. This roots towards having an enhanced taste of palate. Our Mediterranean restaurant, Aqaba, provides our customers the delights of the Mediterranean lands transporting them to the lands of Jordon, Lebanon, Persia, Greece, Isreal and Morocco.
Everyone is getting health conscious. Eating healthy yet delicious food is the requirement of every age group now. Being into fitness is not just a trend or phase but a way of life. For now there are only few such places which serve a healthy alternative. With an increasing number of households opting to eat out or order, the potential of healthy yet tasty cuisine is tremendous. This is one the only factor which healthy cuisine in the QSR segment could be the rival to current mainstream categories. Restaurants like Paninaro serve up a range of healthy yet appetizingsalads, soups, wraps and sandwiches to your doorstep. Innovative delicacies like Masala Omelette Bagel, Hummus and Avocado Bagel are a popular choice.
Country Ethnic Cuisine: Sushi from Japan, Pizza from Italy andSzechwan from China are few items most commonly known by people. Now, because of the great effects of globalization people are looking for country specific cuisine. They want to try beyond the common choices and even explore. Ethiopian, Moroccan, Polynesian, South African and Peruvian cuisines are likely gear to up to charm your taste buds in the coming year!
Fusion Delights: Because we Indian have always had our love towards spiced up hot cuisine, they are various trends which glorify the idea of fusion food. Fusion food can have the underlying taste of our traditional dishes, adding a twist of continental flavors or vice-versa. A sandwich with the combination of roasted chicken and mango ‘Chutney’ and or a fancy very of mango ‘Chunda’ or even a simple Chai latte makes fusion sound exciting. The twist of daring flavors are in high demand.
Lastly, in recent times we have seen the popularity of presenting food in unique ways with over the top milk shapes in mason jars or black burgers. Presentation, plating and flavours acquire the utmost importance now and are likely to continue in 2017. People are more clear of what they want and its flavours. There is always a need of adding zealous X factor to the cuisine to make it a trending concept.
In retrospect, food trends are very quick to get popular and even forgotten, but few stay on. The events that have taken place in the current year are the major trigger factors in setting future trends. From the business perspective of the food industry, we can see trends like digitization of bills and technology replacing manpower thriving over the course of next year. The future trends have great potential but only time can tell which will one lasts the longest.