It was a booming year for hotels and restaurants. If 2022 is the year of consolidation, 2023 will be the year of major breakthroughs for restaurants and bars. The resurgence of travel boomed the industry as international trends began to take hold. Instagram, and Reels in particular, has become ubiquitous as people turn to their social feeds for food recommendations and health tips. Wellness trends that became mainstream during the pandemic continued. Local cuisine and nostalgia dominated our dining experience. Even as home bars became upscale and millet became part of the urban diet, Indian spirits attracted unprecedented global attention.
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Here are nine popular food trends for 2023.
1. The rise and rise of home bars
We returned to bars and restaurants in droves, but that didn’t reverse the home bar trend that gained momentum during the pandemic. Many of us have unleashed our inner mixologists by experimenting with better home bar equipment and infusions and tonics. Duty-free shopping has become popular as people can now stock up on spirits and wine from around the world.
2. From plant-based meat to lab-grown meat
Singapore was one of the first countries to make a big push to sell artificial meat as early as 2020 to combat over-reliance on food imports. In a key move in 2023, U.S. regulators approved the sale of chicken made from animal cells, effectively giving the green light to the lab-grown meat industry. While it may take some time for this to become mainstream and impact markets like India, which has a large vegetarian population, this represents a major environmental boost.
3. India is the toast of the world
From small steps in the production of gin and whisky, to becoming a full-fledged player on the world stage, the Indian spirits industry has made rapid progress. In 2023, Indri won a double gold medal at the Whiskey of the World Awards and was named Best in Show. Earlier this year, Nao Spirits’ Broken Butt was named Asia’s Best Gin at the Gin Guide Awards 2023. The gin maker chose the process of using Kashmir willow (used in cricket bats) to celebrate India’s love for cricket. Traditional oak barrel. It’s all part of a larger trend that is drawing global attention to Indian spirits.
4. Global is mainstream
From Lotus Biscoff milkshakes and cheesecakes in small-town Indian cafes to tiramisu in small neighborhood bakeries, we are witnessing an unprecedented democratization of global food. This can be attributed to unprecedented travel and global cultural influence thanks to social media and OTT content. The gap in food trends between small towns and big cities in India continues to narrow.
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5. Must be good for the gram
Quality food presentation has gone from eccentric to classic. Instagram is also upping the presentation game for small restaurants and cafes across India, reimagining food presentation like never before. Restaurants are no longer just focusing on a few “hero dishes,” but the presentation of everything, including tableware and décor, as they continue to fight for space on social feeds with quality food presentation. elements have become part of the standard cuisine.
6. Seamless blending of F and B
Bar programs are no longer an afterthought or forced into restaurants. Across India, more and more restaurants are seamlessly blending cocktails to complement their F&B offerings and cuisine and add to the restaurant’s overall story.
7. Indian cuisine in modern context
It’s not just the bar program that incorporates Indian ingredients. Restaurants like Loya at the Taj Hotels are emerging that incorporate traditional Indian ingredients and cooking techniques into a modern restaurant experience. Nostalgia drives interest in traditional ingredients and utensils, and it’s no different in our kitchens.
8. Minor grains are becoming mainstream
When India hosted the G20 Summit in Delhi in 2023, the menu of a certain dinner event became a hot topic. All courses on the menu are made using millet. This policy was decided at the 75th United Nations General Assembly in March 2021, when it declared 2023 as the International Year of Millet, following a proposal from India. There is an unprecedented interest in millet as restaurants add it to their menus and more people across India add it to their daily meals.
9. Zero waste approach
From zero-waste cocktails that creatively use food waste to creatively repurpose leftovers, home chefs and large restaurants and hotels are focusing on reducing waste like never before. I can see you there. More home cooks are buying local ingredients in small quantities to reduce food waste.