Learning a menu

When someone who has served before starts work in a new restaurant, the skills that server learned can be carried over from one place to another (most of them at least), but something that has to be learned from scratch are the menu’s.

Learning a menu

The last 4 restaurants I have worked in, before I applied for a serving job there, I would go in and have a meal. This allows me to taste the food to see if it’s good, I can check out the menu and it’s pricing to see if it makes sense, I can see if it’s busy or slow (days fluctuate so don’t dismiss a place if it’s quiet while you’re there) and I can see how the staff go about their business and interact. Sometimes I’ll even have a chat about the restaurant with my server (if they have time).

So if I applied for a serving position at a new place, got the job, then start my orientation or first training shift in a day or two, I like to get a little prepared.

I have done this long enough that I’m comfortable with serving tables and if I have to adapt to the new restaurants standards and policies it’s not a big deal. But when it comes to the menu this is what I do:

  • I print up a copy of the menu (or you can grab one from the restaurant when you get the job)
  • I read it from front to back.
  • Anything (and I mean anything) I see while reading that I am unsure about, I will circle (or write it down if I can’t write on the menu).
  • I will then jump online and look up what I circled (whether it be an ingredient, cooking style, type of mushroom etc)
  • I’ll then write notes next to the circled word about what it is.
  • I’ll re-read the menu front to back one more time.

Doing this has made learning a menu easier for me, and if I can’t find an answer online, I’ll write it down and will ask when I go into the restaurant. But that’s not all you have to do to get a complete grasp of the menu.

When you actually see the items on a menu in the restaurant, coming out of the kitchen, the visual helps you to connect with the menu better. You can see portion sizes, dish presentation, what comes with what, how things get cooked (grilled, fried, oven roasted etc) which will help you with recommending and describing a dish to a guest.

In my first few days of serving at a new restaurant I ask if there is a chance I could do a food running shift. I do this because this let’s me get familiar with the menu by exposing me to the most number of dishes being sent out of the kitchen (it also helps with learning table numbers). I can also ask questions about the food being put up (providing the kitchen isn’t being slammed, and someone has the time to answer my question), if not I write it down to ask later. If you aren’t allowed to do a food running shift (maybe your restaurant doesn’t have food runners) you should try to run as much food as you can while training in your first few days.

The last thing if you want to get a better idea of the menu is to try it! I’m not saying eat the entire menu, perhaps there are some things on there that you don’t like, and that’s totally fine. Eating off the menu also helps with describing dishes to your tables, and for the things you like it makes recommending them easier. Hopefully you get a staff discount or a staff meal, and if you do, you should take advantage of that and at least try some things.

Over time you will get familiar with your restaurant’s menu, but for me, following the procedures in this blog post makes learning a menu a lot faster.

You can also apply this to the bar/drinks menu, but go easy on the tasting part ;).

Thanks, have an awesome day.


Related Posts

  • What to do on your first dayWhat to do on your first day So you got hired for the job, congratulations! and it’s your first day of training. Now in most situations when you get hired you will be given a brief overview of how your training will […]
  • What is Involved in Training a New Server?What is Involved in Training a New Server? For some people, being a waiter or a waitress at a restaurant is an easy job. What they don’t know is that these servers also undergo trainings to be able to enhance their skills. […]
  • In the beginning…In the beginning… Welcome Well this is the beginning and I’m so excited. I have been thinking about and planning to start this blog for quite some time but as it always seems to be we get busy in our […]

109 Replies to “Learning a menu

  1. I’ve been exploring for a bit for any high-quality articles or weblog posts in this kind of space . Exploring in Yahoo I eventually stumbled upon this website. Reading this information So i am glad to show that I’ve a very excellent uncanny feeling I discovered exactly what I needed. I so much indisputably will make certain to do not disregard this website and give it a glance on a constant basis.

  2. Wow, superb blog layout! How long have you been blogging for?

    you made blogging look easy. The overall look of your website is fantastic, let
    alone the content!

  3. That part of noodles is still cooking on the stove. When will they ever be done?!

  4. That part of noodles is still cooking on the stove. When will they ever be done?!

  5. Now I know how to itch the scratch that never seems to leave.

  6. Now I know how to itch the scratch that never seems to leave.

  7. Do you like to smell the breath of someone who just ate garlic?

  8. There are some of you out there who probably haven’t heard of http://www.camgirl.pw This is one of those must see sites. It’s full of extremely attractive ladies. You’re going to want to put down your sandwich when visiting this site. It’s impossible to focus on anything but the babes they have to offer.

  9. You’ve been searching for a site where you can talk to pretty ladies. Look no further. http://www.camgirl.pw has all the cute girls you can handle. It’s loaded with babes that are sure to put a big fat smile on your face.

  10. Sick and tired of being bored? There’s nothing at all good to watch on TV these days. How many cat videos can you watch at YouTube? What you really want is some live adult entertainment. That’s what http://www.camgirl.pw is all about. It’s 24/7 excitement like you’ve never seen before. Check it out and tell a friend. Something this good needs to be shared.

  11. I appreciate you sharing this blog article.Thanks Again. Much obliged.

  12. Looking forward to reading more. Great article.Really looking forward to read more. Want more.

  13. “I like what you guys are up too. Such smart work and reporting! Keep up the excellent works guys I have incorporated you guys to my blogroll. I think it’ll improve the value of my web site”

  14. I think this is a real great blog article.Really thank you! Will read on…

  15. “Link exchange is nothing else but it is simply placing the other person’s web site link on your page at suitable place and other person will also do same in support of you.”

  16. I just added a brand new list. I hope you all are having a great week. I’m trying new methods to find more links. Check out my site to see the results.

  17. I have been surfing on-line more than three
    hours lately, yet I by no means found any fascinating article like yours.
    It’s lovely value sufficient for me. In my opinion, if all web
    owners and bloggers made excellent content as you did,
    the web will be much more helpful than ever before.

  18. Really appreciate you sharing this blog article.Much thanks again. Much obliged.

  19. A round of applause for your blog post.Really looking forward to read more.

  20. A big thank you for your blog article.Really looking forward to read more. Want more.

  21. I am so grateful for your blog post.Really looking forward to read more. Keep writing.

  22. It’s appropriate time to make some plans for the future
    and it’s time to be happy. I’ve read this post and if I could I desire to suggest you some interesting things or suggestions.

    Maybe you can write next articles referring to this article.
    I desire to read even more things about it!

  23. This blog has Some interesting valid points! I appreciate on your blog this is well written and the rest of the website is extremely good.

  24. I am curious to find out what blog system you happen to
    be utilizing? I’m experiencing soe small security problems with
    my latst website and I’d like to find something ore safeguarded.
    Do you have any solutions?

  25. I am really impressd with your writing skills as well as with the layout on your blog.

    Is this a paid theme or did you modify it yourself?
    Either way keep up the excellent quality writing, it’s rare too ssee a grat blog like this one
    nowadays.

  26. I hope you all are having a great weekend. I have a new list for you. Read the latest update on how I compiled the list. I’m still surprised by the results.

  27. Hello, Neat post. Thete is a problem together with your website in internet explorer, would check this?
    IE still is the market chief and a huge section off other folks will omit your wonderful writing due to this problem.

  28. When some one searches for his necessary thing, so he/she wants to be available that in detail, thus that thing is maintained over here.

  29. Hello colleagues, how is everything, and what you wojld like
    to say concerning this paragraph, in my view its truly awesome in favor of me.

  30. You’ve been working hard lately. All that stress has got to be eating at you. Why not take a break and enjoy some cam girls? There’s plenty of them to enjoy at http://www.camgirl.pw It’s wall to wall babes at this site. You’ll know that right away after your first visit.

  31. Thanks for a marvelous posting! I really enjoyed reaing it, you’re a great author.I will
    ake sure to bookmark your blog and will eventually come back from now on. I want to encourage
    you to cointinue your great posts, have a nice day!

  32. Hi it’s me, I am also visiting this site daily, this web page is truly pleasant and the users are genuinely sharing fastidious thoughts.Revolve Clothing

  33. Hello! Someone in my Myspace group shared this website with us so I came
    to look it over. I’m definitely loving the information. I’m book-marking and will be
    tweeting this to my followers! Excellent blog and fantastic design and
    style.

  34. Schöne ruhige 1-Zimmer Wohnung / Küche / BAD / WC / SAT-TV / Internet / Waschmaschine Im Grünen gelegene, komfortable, am Ende einer Sackgasse, helle ruhige 1-Zimmerwohnung mit separatem, eigenem Eingang. Die Wohnung wurde im Mai 2018 komplett renoviert und Neu eingerichtet. Parkplatzmöglichkeiten gibt es auf der öffentlichen Straße und sind in der Regel immer vorhanden. Die Wohnung hat einen 40 Zoll Sat-TV, eine Waschmaschine, sowie Internet (Wlan) gegen eine kleine Gebühr. Ein Bügeleisen und Bügelbrett sind ebenfalls forhanden. In der Küche finden Sie neben einem Backofen mit Cerankochfeld, eine Geschirspülmaschine, einen Kühlschrank mit 4-Sterne Gefrierfach, eine Kaffeemaschine ,Wasserkocher sowie einen Toaster. Der Schoko- “laden“ Werksverkauf der Weltberühmten Marke Ritter Sport sowie das Ritter Museum und das Ritter Museums-Café erreichen sie nach ca. 450 Meter bzw. 6 Minuten zu Fuß. Für Naturliebhaber lädt der schöne Schönbuch-Wald direkt vor der Haustüre zu Spaziergängen oder Wanderungen ein. Waldenbuch liegt am Nördlichen Rand des Waldgebiets und gleichnamigen Naturparks Schönbuch ca. 17 km südlich von Stuttgart und hat ca. 8500 Einwohner. Nach Böblingen sind es ca.14 km, nach Tübingen ca. 19 km und zur Messe Stuttgart ca. 12 km. Idyllisch im Tal gelegen strahlt Waldenbuch heute mit seinen Fachwerkhäusern, Brunnen und Staffeln im historischen Altstadtkern einen ganz besonderen Charme aus. Sowohl die Stadtkirche St. Veit mit ihrem 36 Meter hohen Kirchturm als auch das wunderschöne Schloss begeistern die Gäste. 24h Check-In nach Absprache möglich Lebensmitteldiscounter wie Lidl, DM-Drogerie-Markt, Penny Markt und Getränkemarkt erreicht man zu Fuß in ca. 5 bis 20 Minuten. Durch die ruhige aber dennoch zentrale Lage der Wohnung ist man mit dem Auto in kurzer Zeit in Stuttgart, Tübingen, Esslingen, Böblingen der Outlet-Stadt Metzingen oder Sindelfingen.

  35. Hello there friend! You should take part in a contest for one of the best blogs on the web. I will recommend this site! Again thanks alot for this!

  36. Schöne ruhige 1-Zimmer Wohnung / Küche / BAD / WC / SAT-TV / Internet / Waschmaschine Im Grünen gelegene, komfortable, am Ende einer Sackgasse, helle ruhige 1-Zimmerwohnung mit separatem, eigenem Eingang. Die Wohnung wurde im Mai 2018 komplett renoviert und Neu eingerichtet. Parkplatzmöglichkeiten gibt es auf der öffentlichen Straße und sind in der Regel immer vorhanden. Die Wohnung hat einen 40 Zoll Sat-TV, eine Waschmaschine, sowie Internet (Wlan) gegen eine kleine Gebühr. Ein Bügeleisen und Bügelbrett sind ebenfalls forhanden. In der Küche finden Sie neben einem Backofen mit Cerankochfeld, eine Geschirspülmaschine, einen Kühlschrank mit 4-Sterne Gefrierfach, eine Kaffeemaschine ,Wasserkocher sowie einen Toaster. Der Schoko- “laden“ Werksverkauf der Weltberühmten Marke Ritter Sport sowie das Ritter Museum und das Ritter Museums-Café erreichen sie nach ca. 450 Meter bzw. 6 Minuten zu Fuß. Für Naturliebhaber lädt der schöne Schönbuch-Wald direkt vor der Haustüre zu Spaziergängen oder Wanderungen ein. Waldenbuch liegt am Nördlichen Rand des Waldgebiets und gleichnamigen Naturparks Schönbuch ca. 17 km südlich von Stuttgart und hat ca. 8500 Einwohner. Nach Böblingen sind es ca.14 km, nach Tübingen ca. 19 km und zur Messe Stuttgart ca. 12 km. Idyllisch im Tal gelegen strahlt Waldenbuch heute mit seinen Fachwerkhäusern, Brunnen und Staffeln im historischen Altstadtkern einen ganz besonderen Charme aus. Sowohl die Stadtkirche St. Veit mit ihrem 36 Meter hohen Kirchturm als auch das wunderschöne Schloss begeistern die Gäste. 24h Check-In nach Absprache möglich Lebensmitteldiscounter wie Lidl, DM-Drogerie-Markt, Penny Markt und Getränkemarkt erreicht man zu Fuß in ca. 5 bis 20 Minuten. Durch die ruhige aber dennoch zentrale Lage der Wohnung ist man mit dem Auto in kurzer Zeit in Stuttgart, Tübingen, Esslingen, Böblingen der Outlet-Stadt Metzingen oder Sindelfingen.

  37. Enjoyed every bit of your blog article.Really looking forward to read more. Want more.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.