*Clients using your eMenu.
The speed of taking orders is a significant part of the good impression and quality service at any restaurant. While a lot of this speed depends on the professional skills of waiting staff, the ease of use of the menu and the technology applied with the options it allows should not be underestimated, either.
Colours and visuals are all the craze now, and for a good reason. It's not just fun. They are much easier to identify and work with. Keeping up with the trend, the online restaurant software Clock POSoffers a variety of ways to make the items on your menu easy to find:
menu groupsto sort your dishes by types, pictures and iconsto make your menu groups easier to recognize, and last but – as some of our clients claim – certainly not least, coloursto sort dishes and drinks within a menu group.
A list of items is always easier to search if said items are somehow sorted, right? That's why the drinks and dishes on the menu in Clock POS can be conveniently organized in groups: starters, salads, main courses, drinks, pizzas, whatever groups you may need. Still, you don't want to get into too much detail here or you will get a menu that is so fragmented that it is harder to navigate than the original item list. A few main groups will do the trick. Each group can be broken down into sub-groups later. Keep reading.
Images are easier and faster to recognize than words. That's a scientifically proven fact. It's not a coincidence children learn pictures before they move on to the abstraction of letters. So, if it is speed and efficiency you are after, it makes sense to use images, instead of, or as well as, words for the names of your menu groups. Of course you can call the pizzas group just 'Pizza'. Anybody can read that and fast. However, the image of a pizza slice is so popular, that it may take your waiters a split second less to recognize it. It may not seem like much, but in the end of the day it does add up.
So, you've divided your dishes in menu groups, you've given them picture labels for faster recognition, but you still need more sorting. No problem. Stick to visuals. Colours.
Give each item on your menu a colour.
Give similar items the same colour (and the same sort order!**).
You can even do it for all items in a sub-group together, so you are sure you get the colour right.
Then, when you open a menu group, the dishes/drinks in it will be sorted by colour.
Much easier to find.
For example , in menu group 'Drinks',
- all hot drinks are brown with sort order 1,
- fizzy drinks are green with sort order 2,
- soft cocktails are pink with sort order 3.
- Any hard drinks could be blue, sort order 4.
- Now look at the picture.
And while you are at it, why not give each menu group and the modifiers that go with it a colour, too. Much easier to find, too.
How about this?
Still not sure? Why don't you give it a try and ask your staff how they feel about it? You might be surprised.
**Of course, you can sort your group items with just the sort order. But in a longer list you wouldn't know where one sub-group ends and another starts.