Eating is a Feast for the Eyes As Well As the Stomach 

There is something about a beautiful menu that just sets that pace for the meal. It is the expectation that sets the pace. When you are presented with a menu design that is well laid out and is a pleasure to explore it just makes the dining experience that much more heightened.

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Beautiful menus do not need to be elaborate menus. Menu inspiration can come from a host of sources. In many cases it is the most unexpected source of menu inspiration that works out the best!

Menu Inspiration 

Guinness Storehouse Beautiful Menu

Menu design requires some thought. A simple listing of the foods is not sufficient enough to get people excited about the menu. Beautiful menus make you excited to eat. They are about the food but they offer a peek at what the restaurant represents.

Inspiration for a great design can come from the surroundings, nature, a particular food group that is celebrated in the restaurant or even individuals. In other words there is no one particular menu design that stands out from the rest.

The key factor to beautiful menus is expressing the inspiration through artful displays and the use of descriptive words. Of course placement and the layout also plays a huge role in how well a menu is received but overall it does not have to be complicated to be beautiful.

Expression

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Menu expression is one of the most important things of preparing someone for a meal. It is the key factor in setting the anticipation for the great food to come. We are visual creatures that can easily be excited by something that catches our eye!

The right menu design is enough to get us excited about what is to come. It can compliment the entire dining experience and get people interested in trying new foods that they normally would ignore. There is menu design that does such a great job of expressing the details of the food that only a few words are needed to convey the idea.

Expression of the inspiration in beautiful menus can be as simple as chalk lines on a blackboard in a lovely cafe or as complex as a tri-fold menu containing the most exotic meals served in a five star environment. Beautiful menu’s convey the expression of the inspiration for the menu completely!

Menu design is the first step in creating a successful dining event.

Pancakes

Bad Piggies pancakes
cephalopod pancakes
monster pancakes

 

So if you look up pancakes on Wikipedia, it’ll say

pancake is a flat cake, often thin, and round, prepared from a starch-based batter and cooked on a hot surface such as a griddle or frying pan.

Seems pretty normal until you get to the whole pancakes should be round part.  Fortunately someone forgot to inform Nathan Shields.  His creations are a great little find.  From pancakes made to look like Cephalopods to Zach Galifianakis pancakes, each of them are great.  Make sure to check out his website and you won’t be bored.  If you’re feeling generous visit his commissions page and donate $100 and get your own creation (plus the $100 goes for a good cause)

10 Things We Love to Eat & Drink in Italy

10 Things We Love to Eat and Drink in Italy

Actually this perfect short film is entitled 10 things We Love About Italy and it hits the mark.  The Perennial Plate takes us on a journey through the Italy as they explore what they say is their most favorite things.  It’s hard not to agree.  Pasta, pizza, espresso and olive oil are to name a few.  Our favorite?  Has to be the gelato.  Pick your own favorite and we dare you not to be hungry!  (via Vimeo)

La Boqueria – Barcelona

If you happen to be in Barcelona, La Boqueria is a must stop. This is a great place full of fresh meat, fruit, vegetables and more. It is located about two thirds of the way up the Ramblas, on the left. You will find foods of all varieties and nationalities under one roof.

Tip: It is worth aiming to get there in the morning – preferably before 15:00, as this is when the market is really in full swing.

See more pictures at http://www.chaqula.com/photos/tag/barcelona

Beautiful Menu Design – Italian Edition

Continuing to focus on our favorite beautiful menu design we have a new series after a wonderful but short trip to Italy.  Cinque Terre to be a little more precise.  In each of the 5 towns we captured some of the most beautiful menu designs.

Each one contains a bit of its own character.  Mostly hand-written and done completely out of photoshop, we think these are the winners.

Have your own beautiful menu designs?  Drop us a line and let us know.  We’ll feature them here!

Be sure to check out our original Beautiful Menu Design post

The Guinness Storehouse

If you ever find yourself wondering around Dublin with nothing to do… we highly recommend to pay a visit to the Guinness Storehouse. The store is 7 floors full of history and lots of opportunities to catch a beautiful shot.

The location where the Guinness Storehouse is currently sitting has been around for a long time.  Back in 1759, known as the St. Jame’s Gate Brewery, Arthur Guinness is said to have signed a 9,000 year lease.  Since then, it has been the home of Guinness.

As a visitor in the Guinness Storehouse there is plenty of things to keep you busy.  The ground floor wraps you in the process of beer making with the main 4 ingredients.  Although the actual fermentation hasn’t been conducted there since 1988, the use of big screens and a guided tour makes you feel you’re part of the process.  Before you finally reach the top where in the Gravity bar you will find yourself immersed with the views of Ireland, there will be plenty of pitstops to make.

Whether you’re alone or with your family, the Guinness Storehouse is a great place to spend a couple of hours.  Make sure to save some time to thoroughly enjoy your freshly poured pint of Guinness.

Beautiful Menu Design

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menu design Shovel & Bell
via Shovel & Bell

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via Art of the Menu

You can find beauty in everything… especially in menu design. It’s definitely a special artform and we wanted to highlight a few of our favorites. We’ve scoured the interwebs to bring a bit of beauty to your lifes. Some menus of full of color, some are as simple as one can get, some are full of items and some only 4. There’s an undeniable art to it. In fact it’s a science. In fact you can find many articles written about it. How a properly laid out menu, can push us to purchase the overpriced steak.

There’s no question, menu design is a big part of our eating experience. A beautifully designed menu can always make our dining experience that much better.

Interested in menu design? Know of any other good examples? Send us yours and we could highlight it here!

For more great menus make sure to check out Art of the Menu