Top Tables: the importance of tableware

Four restaurants show us how tableware reflects the cuisine concept
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FOOD & BEVERAGE, Cuisine concept, Tableware
FOOD & BEVERAGE, Cuisine concept, Tableware
FOOD & BEVERAGE, Cuisine concept, Tableware
FOOD & BEVERAGE, Cuisine concept, Tableware

THE JAPANESE RESTAURANT
Tomo’s assistant restaurant manager Housin Belmoulsih believes the outlet’s elegant tableware reflects the true essence of Japanese cuisine culture

What is the concept of the restaurant?
The word Tomo is literally translated in Japanese to mean a lifelong friend. Our hope is that Tomo is a place where good friends will often meet to share memorable occasions because it feels like home.

Quite simply, Tomo is an authentic Japanese restaurant promoting Japanese food, while reflecting the original food culture, where people can enjoy a wonderful selection of dishes that our team of talents chefs have spent years refining their skills to create.

The aim is to share and promote the magic of Japanese cuisine and culture in the Middle East. Being nestled on top of Raffles Dubai’s pyramid-shaped building with magical views of Dubai from all angles has given us a great launch pad for the concept.

How does the tableware reflect the restaurant’s concept?
Our target is to deliver a real Japanese dining experience at all levels. At the table, the set-up, elegance, and standards we have set are very important to identify our concept and show to what extent our commitment is effective in offering a real Japanese experience.

What is the most important rule about dining table setup?
Following the formal set-up standards and sequences, maintaining the traditional Japanese dining style is the most important rule and element to give a clear image of our brand.

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EMIRATI DINING
Al Fanar’s marketing manager Danish Shimajiri explains how the restaurant’s basic tableware setting sets the theme for Dubai in the 1960s

What is the concept of the restaurant?
Al Fanar Restaurant & Café is a unique restaurant that specialises in traditional and authentic Emirati cuisine. The restaurant itself is themed and designed to recreate the atmosphere and the ambiance of Dubai back in the 1960s.

Al Fanar hopes to revive memories of Dubai when it was a small town on the shore of the Arabian Gulf. The main seating area of the restaurant called Bait Al Tawash (house of the pearl merchant) features a courtyard with a large Al Sidr tree.

The items kept on display throughout the restaurant and café like old pots and pans, tableware and home appliances were all used in the region decades ago, and the interiors have been copied diligently from old photographs.

How does the tableware reflect the restaurant’s concept?
Our tableware is quite antique. Our concept is Dubai recreated from the 1960s; therefore, we have carefully selected the kind of tableware that was used back in the 1960s as well. All items such as artefacts, props, furniture, tableware, etc. are used to support the ambiance of the forgotten past of Dubai.

What is the most important rule about dining table setup?
Our table setup consists of basic essentials such as napkin, condiments, side plate and cutleries. What is important to us is to ensure that our table set up never changes, so everything is refilled or replaced and hygienically clean and neat.

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THE STEAKHOUSE
Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal director of restaurants Bertrand Daluzeau explains why tableware is a key element of The Forge’s design

What is the concept of the restaurant?
Taking its name from the intricate process of forging or shaping high quality steak knife blades, the signature steak house serves speciality cuisine in a stylish and contemporary setting paired with the world’s finest wines.

With an interior theme based on iron, glass and light, The Forge provides diners with the highest quality ingredients coupled with a friendly, refined and personalised service. Guests can view chefs grilling the meat and preparing their meals in an open kitchen located in the middle of the restaurant. The Forge is one of the three restaurants at the property designed by Japanese interior designer Super Potato.

How does the tableware reflect the restaurant’s concept?
The tableware at The Forge is in direct relation with our interior theme with many metal elements, high quality glassware and pinpoints of lights on each table reflecting on the tableware. The contemporary tableware also supports the trendy design of the restaurant.

What is the most important rule about dining table setup?
Aesthetic and concept-driven are the keywords. There is nothing wrong with just a plain setting if you are in a casual beach or pool-side restaurant, however, in the case of The Forge, the quality, presentation and material of our tableware adds a touch that perfectly matches the restaurant’s upscale experience.

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THE INDIAN FEAST
Tablez Food Company general manager Sajan Alex explains how the tableware at Peppermill reflects the theme

What is the concept of the restaurant?
Peppermill is a fine dining restaurant offering Indian cuisine with inventive recipes and alluring flavours to stimulate the palate and gratify the senses. At Peppermill we change the notion that Indian haute cuisine can only be created using age old recipes and ideas. Our dishes combine Indian ingredients with local produce and traditional Indian cooking techniques with a colonial design template, which produces a distinctive layering of flavours.

How does the tableware reflect the restaurant’s concept?
The days of the British Raj were all about luxury dining. At Peppermill we incorporate vibrant colours within show plates, fine cutlery, crispy laundered table napkins and elegant rings. Each course is served with customised chinaware to enhance the look and feel of our food.

What is the most important rule about dining table setup?
The most important rule for set-up of any dining table is prior planning. The host or the person doing the table set up must know the size of the starter plates, main dinner plates etc so that the spacing between the cutlery can be decided while it is being laid out. Also, covers should be precisely facing each other, which means that the knife on one end should be directly opposite to the fork at the other end. The glassware should be over the tip of the knife and the cutlery or crockery should be half an inch away from the edge of the table.

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