Do you ever stop and wonder if your restaurant should use round dishes instead of square dishes for serving patrons their food? There is something of a backlash within the cooking and restaurant communities of the Western world against square dishes and establishments that use them, so much discussion is taking place in the various circles that analyze and critique eateries.
Some critics of square dishes are rather savage in their commentary, suggesting that restaurants use them in the same ways that hotels might offer beds with black sheets or mirrors hanging from the ceiling. The attempt is to appear cutting edge, trendy, or somehow modern in style. A number of restaurant critics worry that square dishes are chefs trying to gloss over their substandard or overcooked food.
While that is unlikely the case or thinking behind every restaurant that chooses square dishes over round ones, there are a number of advantages that round dishes have over their square counterparts.
The consumer experience is certainly a primary consideration of any business that needs repeat business in order to succeed, and most restaurants fall into this category. Round plates simply do not take up as much space on a restaurant table, and that leaves room between plates for utensils, beverages, condiments, and even smartphones. Round plates also let portions of various food servings and menu items group together without getting messy in the middle or leaving empty space in the corners, making a plate of food appear abundant and filling.
Waitstaff can save space on their trays by putting beverages, condiments, and even side dishes in the spaces freed up by not having square dishes touching along all edges. Square dishes are also more likely to break if dropped on a corner, and round dishes survive trips through dish-washing machines a lot easier.
The choice is up to your restaurant, but round dishes do have a number of advantages over square ones.