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André Pellerin has over 25 years of expertise in the food service industry. Being a former Marketing and Sales Associate, and a previous restaurant Owner/Operator, André has knowledge from both the Food Establishment and Supplier sides of the business.

September’s top restaurant menu trends to watch

What are Canadians interested in eating this month? Here’s a hint: Mexican flavours are flourishing on menus, while vegetarian food has wide appeal and seafood is being presented in new and unique ways. Here’s a look at some of the leading menu trends to watch on Canadian menus this month.

Mexico’s flavours flourish

About the trend: Tacos and burritos have been on trend at the chain level in recent years, and now some of Mexico’s signature flavours are making their way into more and more dishes beyond the nation’s traditional cuisine. Mexican ingredients like avocado, chorizo, jalapeno, chipotle and queso can add bold, assertive, fresh and vibrant flavours to a wide variety of dishes outside the country’s cuisine traditions.

Ethnic excitement

Fresh appeal

Bold and assertive

Menu Examples:

McDonald’s Canada — Guacamole & Jalapeno Chicken Sandwich with chicken breast, guacamole, jalapenos, mozzarella, lettuce, tomato and red onions on a brioche-style roll

Lone Star Texas Grill — sweet potato fries served with tomatillo-pepper ranch dipping sauce

New Orleans Pizza — Chorizo Supreme Pizza with chorizo, jalapenos, mushrooms, tomatoes and onions

Veggie indulgence

About the trend: Veggies are en vogue menu stars as chefs aim to showcase fresh produce in creative and craveable ways that attract all types of diners, not just vegans and vegetarians. We’re now seeing veggies like cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and zucchini take the place of proteins and starches in riffs on traditionally indulgent dishes like Buffalo wings and burgers.

Plant-based diets

Showcase chef skills

Seasonal and local

Menu Examples:

Kelseys Original Roadhouse — “No Meat” Portobello Burger with a breaded Portobello mushroom, goat cheese, roasted red peppers, spinach and sun-dried tomato aioli

Louis Bar & Grill — Not Your Mom’s Cauliflower featuring fried cauliflower topped with wing sauce and green onions, served with ranch dressing

Good Earth Coffeehouse — Maple Chocolate Baby Cake featuring chocolate zucchini Bundt cake topped with maple cream cheese icing, camino sugar and marbled chocolate curls

Seafood showcase

Operators are showcasing seafood in new and creative ways that range from the ethnic to the highly indulgent. Standbys like shrimp, crab, salmon and lobster are being featured in everything from melts and tacos to bowls and pastas.

Health halo

Light and filling

Decadence

Menu Examples:

Edo Japan — Smoked Salmon Poke Bowl with poke sauce, sushi rice, cucumber, carrot, avocado, masago, ginger, nori strips, sesame seeds and a drizzle of mayonnaise

Red Lobster — Crab Melt Sandwich featuring a blend of crabmeat and five cheeses on toasted artisan bread

The Keg Steakhouse + Bar — Lobster Yorkies featuring a trio of Yorkshire puddings filled with lobster, carrot, celery, onions, sweet peas and veloute

Source: Aaron Jourden