Amongst the key factors that lure customers to a restaurant are the dishes it offers. If the dishes can make your customers swoon and fulfill all their food fetishes, the greater are the chances of them recommending and appreciating the restaurant. By including exotic dishes, you are not only making people fancy the menu but also increasing the rarity quotient of the restaurant’s menu, thus making it a ‘go-to place’ for your patrons.
Most food lovers fantasize about sampling different dishes from time to time, so if your menu offers them the variety that they crave for, you’ve hit the nail on the head! In fact, that is how you can grow; by leaving an impact on people with your specialty, skills and work.
Not every dish will be easy to prepare and present. They all have a reputation to carry after all. But that’s the catch, isn’t it? So, how far are you willing to go to satiate the taste buds of food lovers!
Here are 8 exotic dishes which you can incorporate in your menu to win the hearts of your visitors and have them coming back for more:
1. Kobe beef
Japan is not only known for its sumo wrestling and judo, but also for its exotic dish called Kobe beef.
The beef is made from Tajima cattle found in the Kobe region of Japan. The cattle are pampered and raised in a specific way, which includes giving regular massages and diet food to the cattle, so that when they are finally butchered and presented to the customer, they can relish the soft and tender meat.
This famous dish is sure to drive up the footfalls at your restaurant if included in the menu!
2. Seafood Tagine
Carrying the essence of Morocco along, seafood tagine makes up to be quite an exotic dish. Laced with lemons and salty sour bites, it manages to satisfy the taste buds of almost every seafood lover in existence. Ginger, saffron, cumin and other such elements leave no space for having any second thoughts about the exotic nature of the dish.
Moroccan fish tagine is the way to your customer’s heart, we bet!
With the teeming cheese and mashed potatoes, the exotic dish consists of a surreal power to make anyone’s day within seconds. Usually combined with garlic, the French food item proves to be a win-win every time!
Aligot is known to be a comfort food, and very rightly so, as it gives a homely yet exotic touch to the usual cheddar cheese and minced potatoes.
4. Coconut Curried Shrimp
The marine dish, cooked mostly in the coastal regions, has acquired a special status in the list of food admired by food lovers. Sautéed onion, garlic and other veggies in coconut curry can easily turn your boring day into an exciting one with this exotic preparation.
Brown sugar and rich coconut milk happen to be the key ingredients in this recipe.
5. Deep Fried Mars Bar
This one is especially for the ones with a sweet tooth! And if you love that gooey bar of Mars chocolate, even better!
Here’s how the dish is prepared… A Mars chocolate bar is dipped and wrapped in batter and then is fried deep. It is cooked till it becomes golden brown and crisp. One bite of the exotic item and you are transported to other worldly places of chocolate fountains and mermaids! As dreamy as it seems, believe it or not, it is a ‘real dish’ that originated in Scotland.
Deep fried Mars is a delectable item that you can indulge in on one of those days when you need to give yourself an instant boost. While most you who are health conscious will worry about high cholesterol levels of this sinful dessert, remember, this is that ‘one dish’ you should go all out and relish on one of your ‘cheat days’.
6. Ginger-Soy Glazed Mahi Mahi
This Asian-inspired dish, which is a perfect balance of sweetness and tanginess, is certainly as unique as its name. This dish comprises fish fillets with seasonings and stir fried vegetables or even fruits, and is mouthwatering indeed.
The fish fillets used are usually those of Mahi Mahi, also known as dolphinfish (No, we’re NOT talking about dolphins!). The cooked fish is then topped with fresh ingredients and seasoning such as cilantro, pineapple, lime, cumin, avocados, tomatoes, papaya, avocados, parsley, coconut, ginger, garlic, soy sauce and olive oil.
The dish is bound to impress anybody and everybody with its warmth and aroma!
7. Japanese Fugu
This one is for the people who like the beauty and deadly combination of danger and exquisite taste!
Fugu consists of poisonous tetrodotoxin in its organs, and if a professional chef does not prepare the fish, it might kill the person who eats it. It’d just be a matter of seconds!
Pufferfish dish involves the slight risk of being poisoned, but that hasn’t stopped foodies from around the world to try this exotic dish!
The only thing to be kept in mind while preparing the dish is that Fugu must be chopped and sliced in an particular manner.
8. Miso-glazed Black Cod in Coconut Broth
With Japan dominating the list of exotic dishes, here is another addition to the list. Fermented soy bean paste is referred to as Miso.
Miso cooked in coconut broth minus seasonings is often the priority of people who drool over exotic dishes. Seasonings are not added separately because the dish itself remains quite salty in nature. Along with added salt, the food item also proves to be protein packed for all the health-conscious people.
Healthy, or not healthy, the exotic dish surely deserves to be on the menu for another worldly taste and a treat to your buds!
By featuring these exotic dishes on your menu, you are sure to grab eyeballs and have many more experimental foodies come your way. Don’t forget to use your restaurant software to track how your footfall witnesses a sudden jump once you incorporate these dishes. You can use the software to constantly monitor which dishes are working for you and which ones aren’t and then keep experimenting with new dishes accordingly.
When the customers glide straight into the restaurant and you are overwhelmed with the response with the change in menu, don’t forget to thank us!