Din­ers want food from their back­yard

Central and North Burnett Times - - TASTE -

‘‘ Th­ese insights pro­vide the ev­i­dence that the restau­rant in­dus­try is con­tin­u­ing to flour­ish and diver­sify.

DIN­ERS con­tinue to em­brace mod­ern Aus­tralian menus for the third year run­ning, ac­cord­ing to re­search into Aussies’ din­ing habits na­tion­wide.

On­line book­ing plat­form Dimmi re­leased its an­nual Dimmi Aus­tralian Din­ing In­dex last week.

Re­sults showed restau­rants serv­ing a mod­ern Aus­tralian menu took out the top spot of most pop­u­lar cui­sine for a third year run­ning.

But it seems our taste­buds are on the move with Ital­ian and steak restau­rants com­ing in at a close sec­ond.

One of Aus­tralians’ favourite meals, brunch, is also de­clin­ing in pop­u­lar­ity. In­stead, the tra­di­tional af­ter­noon tea has had a 16% spike in reser­va­tions from last year.

Aussies are also will­ing to spend more on din­ing. The av­er­age spend per per­son, per book­ing, is now $65, which is an in­crease of 1.14% from last year.

A new trend of sin­gles din­ing has also emerged. Sin­gle diner book­ings are up 27%, and New South Wales ac­counts for just un­der half (40.69%) of those book­ings.

Vic­to­ria comes in sec­ond, fol­lowed by Queens­land (14.1%). Dimmi man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Jared Chap­man said many eater­ies were pro­vid­ing bar din­ing and com­mu­nal ta­bles for solo din­ers who still wanted so­cial in­ter­ac­tion.

“It’s great to see Aussies get­ting out and en­joy­ing the amaz­ing food scene, whether they are trav­el­ling solo or aren’t in the mood for a night of take­away and Net­flix,” he said.

Mr Chap­man also said the sur­vey proved Aus­tralia was a na­tion of food­ies.

“Th­ese insights pro­vide the ev­i­dence that the restau­rant in­dus­try is con­tin­u­ing to flour­ish and diver­sify,” he said.

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