I’m sick of boring breakfasts, aren’t you? It’s about time that our chefs in the hotel industry woke up to something different than the same old bacon and eggs or oatmeal and raisins. In this sense, breakfast is another overlooked opportunity to wow your guests and leave a lasting impression.
Here’s a simple test to see if your morning foodservice is staid. Order breakfast in your own restaurant and take a picture of what’s served on the plate. Now, go to any Denny’s – or any other well-known diner of this ilk – and order their Grand Slam or equivalent. This meal delivers a plethora of plate-filling carbs and all at a very reasonable price. If your plate looks similar to this, then it’s time to seriously rethink your approach.
Remember, Denny’s price is well under ten bucks including coffee. That’s the baseline your customers have in the back of their minds – one that’s been imprinted through countless visits to various fast food outlets. Of course, your price is going to be higher and so too should your presentation, albeit there’s no guarantee that the quality will necessarily be better.
Breakfast is a critical part of your operations and can drive home a great hotel experience by letting guests start their day on the right foot. Limited-service properties recognize its importance in attracting rooms revenue by including it in the rate. Even the QSR sector has identified breakfast as universally appealing with many franchises extending availability hours from traditional mornings to day-round. Now it’s your turn to rethink this meal.
Creativity Equals Reengineering
Reengineering your breakfast menu is not an onerous proposition. As breakfast generally delivers a high margin, your team has a lot of latitude in what you can create.
Let’s start with a staple – oatmeal. I encourage you to challenge your approach to this basic breakfast option. Does the presentation look visually appealing? Is it popping with a variety of colors? Does its smell titillate the nostrils and immediately make the stomach rumble? Can you differentiate your oatmeal from another property’s dish of a similar name?
The opportunity is making every dish your own. Creativity delivers memorability which equals greater meal satisfaction and ultimately revenues. For example, here’s a photo I took with my iPhone just last week at a local diner in Toronto called Portland Variety. A little bit of a chef’s knife and positioning of a fruit garnish turns a plain oatmeal bowl into a genuine selfie moment! If a downtown diner can do this, why can’t you?
(Article by Larry Mogelonsky, published in Hotels Magazine on May 5, 2017)