Flavor Trends, Strategies and Solutions for Menu Development

 

Blue Sushi Sake Grill’s Green Goddess (inset) uses spicy plant-based “tuna,” black tobiko “caviar” and ponzu sauce. Barbecued eggplant tempura stands in for eel in its South Pacific rolls, with vegan “cream cheese,” pineapple, scallion and a sweet soy sauce finishing the build.

 

Blue Sushi Sake Grill’s Green Goddess (inset) uses spicy plant-based “tuna,” black tobiko “caviar” and ponzu sauce. Barbecued eggplant tempura stands in for eel in its South Pacific rolls, with vegan “cream cheese,” pineapple, scallion and a sweet soy sauce finishing the build.

 

By Flavor & The Menu
February 17, 2022

 

Mike BUONONATOThe plant-based boom offers perceived sustainability, approachability and an overall sense of ingenuity, lending a powerful story to menus and a positive halo to the whole establishment.

MIKE BUONONATO


Dina PAZThe plant-based protein space has seen marked improvement in just a few years, convincing consumers and operators alike that quality, flavor-packed analogues are viable alternatives to animal proteins. Plant-based seafood hits trending benefits, including stories rooted in sustainability and nutrition, and gives new consumers confidence to venture into plant-based waters without sacrificing flavor.

DINA PAZ


Chris KOETKEPlant-based is a mega trend, and plant-based seafood is the natural next frontier. It gives operators a platform to demonstrate their concern for planetary health, responding to an increasing focus on sustainability.

CHRIS KOETKE


Mike KOSTYOThe reasons consumers choose plant-based seafood are not necessarily the same reasons they choose plant-based meats. The primary driver here is a concern for the environment and sustainability. They do not choose it purely for health reasons because consumers already perceive seafood
as healthy.

MIKE KOSTYO


Cameon ORELPlant-based seafoods give an alternative to over-utilized species, and many of the newer products available are barely distinguishable from the original proteins.

CAMEON OREL

 

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