Food for thought if you are eating out

This article looks at trends for eating out whether you fancy street food or a posh restaurant.
Aug. 3, 2012 - PRLog -- Street food in Britain used to mean an ice cream van, seaside candy floss or a fairground hot dog stall.

Fast forward 30 years and frequent foreign travel has meant we’ve certainly learnt from our European cousins and Asian food markets. Our tastes in food have become far more cosmopolitan and around every corner there is a stand offering a delicious treat.

Now it is not just big cities which boast vendors selling everything from chips to caviar and stews to stir fries.

What started in the UK as a fad at summer music festivals has now become a genuine career choice for many would-be caterers. If they can’t afford a restaurant and don’t want to work for anyone else young chefs often open their own stall or convert a van and move around following markets or events.

Street food really is one of the most vibrant sectors in British food, with young cooks turning out restaurant-quality menus at take-away prices.

This exciting new breed of street food even has its own “Oscars”; the British Street Food Awards which will be held in London during the weekend of September 14-16.

If the ideal of eating outside doesn’t appeal to you there are plenty of other catering trends to be aware of.

More restaurants are opening early offering breakfast to busy commuters and city workers, others are delivering fast food while informal dining late into the night is also popular.

High-end restaurants really are very up market but you can also search the internet for pop-up dining venues in clubs, pubs or even people’s homes.

Gone are the days when booking a restaurant in Suffolk, Sussex or Somerset was a simple choice between English, Chinese or Indian; today you’ll be offered food from around the planet.

Fusion food, which mixes food influences from different cultures, was popular in the nineties and is also enjoying a resurgence.

Pub food has come on in leaps and bounds in recent years; frozen lasagna reheated in a microwave simply wouldn’t cut it these days. Many pubs have transformed themselves into gastro pubs and the food is as important as the alcohol.

So if you fancy tapas, Japanese sushi or deep fried locusts for dinner the world is your oyster, so to speak, just select a restaurant and enjoy.

This article looks at trends for eating out whether you fancy street food or a posh restaurant.

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