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All Sorts of Restaurants Are Shrinking Their Menus—Here's Why - Source Washingtonian

Posted on Jun 13,2018
Filed Under Restaurants , Local Tastes,

Deciding on dinner at Rose’s Luxury. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

Source Washingtonian

WASHINGTON, DC. - Washington’s dining scene has ballooned, but lately some restaurant menus are looking leaner than ever. Top DC spots such as Bad Saint and Casa Luca have noticeably shorter lineups these days. When Rose’s Luxury opened in 2013, it offered 19 dishes. Recently, the frequently changing roster has fluctuated between ten and 15.

Contrary to gut reaction—we like choices!—the trend toward more concise menus is a good thing for both restaurants and diners. Thoughtful, focused menus aren’t guarantees of quality, but they’re often signs of high-caliber kitchens. They allow chefs to be nimbler with certain seasonal or prime ingredients that are available only on given days—say, spring morels or Catalina sea urchin—and all ingredients stay fresher as they get cycled through more quickly (even on slow nights). Cooks can provide more consistency as they home in on executing four dishes perfectly instead of eight.

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