Opt instead for cooled water dispensers and efficient water boilers.
You have worked hard to create a dining experience for your diners. Offering fabulous surroundings, matched with amazing service, your diners have come to expect the very best.
But are you inadvertently letting them down? Are you serving them food that is delicious, but water that is below par?
Concerns about tap water
In the UK, we are fortunate in that we do have tap water to drink that is ‘clean’; it is treated in a way that means we are not at risk of catching life-threatening diseases, as happens in other countries.
However, although this treatment makes the tap water safe to drink, it also means that it contains various chemicals and additions that do affect and alter its taste. There have been all kinds of studies and research projects here in the UK that have raised concerns regarding these chemicals in our drinking water for some years now. As a result, many people prefer not to drink tap water, opting instead for bottled water (but this has issues all of its own).
Many dining establishments have also realised that tap water may not be the best drink to complement their delicious tasting food. Some samples of tap water have been known to have:
- Chlorine – the chemical that cleanses the water of harmful bugs and bacteria
- Fluorine compounds – added in many cases to help teeth grow
- Trihalomethanes (THMs) – originally used in coolant systems of very old fridges and so on
- Salts of arsenic, radium, aluminium, copper, lead, mercury, cadmium, barium
- As well as hormones, nitrates and in some cases, pesticides.
Your food is lovingly designed and crafted to give your diners the best in culinary tastes and experience. Between courses, many people like to refresh the palate with a drink of cool water, but is tap water the best option, now that you know there are chemicals and so on in there?
What does serving cooled water from a dispenser say about your dining establishment?
- Quality and care – serving water that tastes better in itself means that the food you are creating and serving will taste better for your diners too. Water is not just for drinking, but is used as a way of cooking food, as well as an important ingredient in many cases.
- Complements your food – your menu represents months of work, cooking, tasting and testing and thus, the emotional energy invested in it is unlike anything else. You want a drink that complements the food; look at the care that is taken to match the right wine to the right dish, for example. Why not take the same care and attention to the water being served?
- Tastes and smells better – not everyone wants ice cold water; some people prefer room temperature or even hot water to cleanse their palate between courses. We all have different habits, but have you noticed how the temperature affects not just the taste of the water but the smell of it? Allow the water to run from the tap for a few seconds, then capture some in a glass and then smell it. Do you capture the waft of chlorine? This will affect how your diners will taste your food.
- Delightful– diners can tell the difference. There should be no taste to water. It should simply be a refreshing, ambient liquid with a slice or two of lemon or lime (or both) and, if your customer would like, a few ice cubes too (made from water from your water cooler, of course!)
Every kitchen needs a clean supply of water and not just for the washing up.
Boiling things, steaming food and adding water to recipes and so on all means that water at different temperatures is needed. Why wait for a pan of water to boil when it could be instant from a water boiler? Why add tap water, and all its chemicals, to your carefully constructed sauce or dish?
A water boiler, compact and bijou, can be wall mounted in the kitchen and supply a continuous supply of hot water for cooking with. Great for making tea and coffee too, there is no waiting for a kettle to boil and those pesky chemicals will not be altering the flavour of your food either.
The epitome of convenience and efficiency
Both the water cooler and the water boiler in your establishment will represent convenience and efficiency. No need to wait for water to boil, and no need to serve chemical-ridden tap water to your diners to spoil the taste of your food.