Any chef will tell you that plating is an integral part of any meal. The plate functions as an extension of the food and it can either make or break a meal - especially those being served at fine dining restaurants across the world. Since plate design is a big deal in the industry, we decided to take a look at the dinnerware that is redefining dining - whether by enhancing an existing design or creating one that's brand new. Take a look at our finds and let us know what you think of them in the comments below:
Great food isn't the only thing being dished up at the world's best restaurant. The Roca Brothers are honoring their Catalan roots with a unique set of plates designed to look like bread served in their traditional dish of Pa Amb Tomata. Designed exclusively for the restaurant by Andreu Carulla studio, these unconventional plates start off as actual slices of bread that are cast in aluminum.
Tasting menus have become a mainstay at fine dining restaurants like Thomas Keller's The French Laundry and Grant Achatz's Alinea. This means chefs are always seeking new vessels for serving their latest creations. These tiny tapas plates from Ryan Fletcher were designed with that purpose in mind. They blend playfulness, creativiyy and utility.
Mexican designer Jorge Trevino Blanco was on to something when he created his Valencia plate. Designed to enhance the enjoyment of sushi, the plate features a little reservoir for soy sauce and a compartment for chopsticks. Its stylish green hue and elevated height makes the plate stand above the rest, literally. It's a revolutionary design that's still in its developmental stages but will surely change the sushi game.
Great dinnerware design can also be influenced by the customers themselves. That's what happened at the Dishroom Restaurantin London, a Bombay-style café using plates printed with food stories and personal memories from their patrons. It's a unique idea that sheds light on the emotional ties people have with food. This is definitely a trend worth exploring.
These plates are a great example of art imitating life. Designed by Nao Tamura, the plates are made to look like banana leaves, the traditional serving vessel in many parts of Southeast Asia. Made from silicone, the plates are flexible, microwavable and dishwasher safe. They can be wrapped up and tied with string for a lovely presentation.
Born from the humble idea of improving breakfast, this magical plate solves one of the world's biggest pancake dilemas: never having enough syrup. Designed by Jon Wye, who is based in Washington, the pancake plate has a small tilt that allows the syrup to pool on one side. This way you can dip each pancake as you go. No more sticky fingers!
What do you think of our dinnerware picks? Sound off in the comments below!
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