Courses

The first thing that makes a degustation different from a regular meal is how it is served. A typical fine dining experience will include three courses: an appetizer, a main, and a dessert. In some cultures, a menu may feature four or five courses with the inclusion of soups, salads, and entrees before the main and possibly a cheese course before dessert.

A restaurant degustation, however, will include at least six and sometimes as many as twenty courses. Though many additional courses are added, degustations will follow the basic structure of a classic menu.

You are likely to begin the meal with a small bite or perhaps a beverage to whet your appetite. Soups and salads will follow this aperitif or appetiser and ingredients such as fish, seafood, and white meats will feature in anticipation of the mains. Main courses are often the heaviest and tend to use red meat as the star ingredient. As expected, the meal is likely to end with a sweet dessert.

Quantities

As you can imagine, the plate size of each course in a degustation will be much smaller than typical restaurant dishes. Where you may normally be served a small appetiser, large main, and medium-sized dessert, a degustation will present each and every course in bite-sized portions.

The aim of such small servings of food, besides allowing you to try far more than just a few menu items, is to savor every bite in the mindful and deliberate act of tasting.

Beverages

A dinner for two at a romantic restaurant would not be complete without a bottle of ambrosial wine to adorn the table. However, at a degustation, you will not drink one bottle of wine throughout the meal.

Instead, each course can be paired either with a select wine or a particular cocktail. Each beverage will have been carefully chosen to compliment every bite of food.

Cuisines

Degustation is a French word--one that simply means “tasting”--so it stands to reason that many restaurant degustation menus will feature haute cuisine or high French cooking. However, restaurants of all cultures and varieties offer degustation experiences as well, from Japanese and Latin American to vegetarian and vegan.

Indeed, although a classic degustation will feature fish, seafood, and meat in many of its courses, many modern restaurants are now serving up vegetarian and even vegan degustations. For other dietary restrictions such as gluten intolerance, simply contact the restaurant: an inventive chef will be able to make accommodations for you within such constraints. If you are searching for a function room hire then these venues are also a great choice because of their rugged look and warm atmosphere, find out more here.

Prices

Because a degustation is centered around an expert chef’s careful planning and skillful execution of a beautifully elaborate and explosively tasty menu, it follows logically that such fine dining experiences can be costly.

However, as this dining trend has become quite popular over the years, it may be worth searching for degustation restaurants offering their tasting menus at more economical prices.

Reservations

Compared to regular fine dining, degustation is a more meticulously planned out experience. Most restaurant degustations will only be open to a certain number of diners so it is certainly something you will want to book ahead of time.

If you would like to book a Brisbane restaurant as a corporate function venue, that is again all the more reason to reserve well in advance so make sure you book from this website as soon as you can, otherwise you may need to find another venue for your function. Finally, degustations at certain restaurants with renowned chefs may also be highly sought after and in such cases, it is advisable to make your reservations far in advance.