Tapas and other small plates have erupted in popularity over the last few years, with weekends generally being the biggest source of income for pubs and restaurants for food; these budget-friendly plates can be a great little mid-week earner for the business.
Whilst tapas is traditionally associated with Spain, there’s no reason why the bitesize meals can’t be adapted to other types of cuisine, including British. So, why not ditch the nuts and crisps and make your restaurant the talk of the town with our best small dishes for bar menus.
Breaded whitebait is a delicious, light bar snack that will keep your customers wanting more. Perfect served with a rough cut wedge of lemon, a pot of tartar sauce and a pint.
Tartar sauce can be bought in but making your own is quick and easy, based on 1L of tartar sauce, simply combine:
What makes a ‘proper’ scotch egg? In comparison to a shop bought packet, proper scotch eggs will have a full egg with runny yolk, be surrounded by a thick layer of high quality meat and be cooked to perfection with a crispy, golden outside.
To create your proper scotch eggs (based on a batch of 18)
For this deliciously moreish treat, you can use cocktail sausages or sliced larger sausages. These can be cooked to order or cooked in large batches. Based on a batch of 48 mini sausages or sausage slices:
Halloumi is an ingredient that’s always been a firm favourite in the UK. Whilst many food trends die out, this rubbery cheese from Cyprus hasn’t ever shown any sign of stopping.
If you get your halloumi fries right, they will be the talk of the town – the best part, they are super easy to make:
To really get these flying out the door, go adventurous with your toppings and even let customers create their own; here are a few ideas to get you started:
What’s profitable for your business will be dependent on many things including location, cost of produce, infrastructure costs etc.
Take a look at what restaurants and bars in the area are charging for similar dishes; if you are the only one in your area offering them you may be able to charge slightly more.
Having a deal on these dishes is a great way to get a conversation started around them, consider a 3 for £X offer, 2 for 1 Wednesdays, or a free pint when you buy 5 dishes from the nibbles menu.
Would you consider incorporating British tapas to your bar or restaurant menu? We’d love to hear your favourites.
At Arthur David, we have a huge range of fine foods and ingredients to help you create stunning dishes for your menus. Give us a call today on 0330 333 4441 or use the live chat to talk to discuss your individual requirements with one of our experts.