Linking ourselves to the article “Mise En Place, fusion that change the rules”, another important question to continue evaluating how to set up a restaurant table in a workmanlike manner is “table undressed or with tablecloths”? Whatever the room we are furnishing or renovating, regardless of the style, the dictat is “if the table is bare, let it be a Mr. Table”! It is therefore essential to think carefully about the design of the mise en place according to how we want to show ourselves to the customer and which table we have available or we can buy. So it is right not to exclude anything a priori and to evaluate all the factors that come into play:
- the table and its surface quality;
- the cost in the area of a table linen rental, if you opt for this choice;
- the cost is the quality of the disposable for informal places;
- the characteristics and advantages of a good placemat or placemat in eco-leather or other material that can replace the disposable;
- in general, a bare table must take care of all the details;
- evaluate whether or not elements that soften the blows of the dishes at the naked table;
- calculating the cost of the mise en place per person also based on the depreciation of the covered cost can be fundamental.
Sometimes aesthetic and also practical logistical factors take over in an important way, so I can find it fantastic and right not to put anything at the table because the style is very modern and clean, as well as deciding not to put tablecloths because my place is in an area badly served by the laundry or it costs too much to rent.
In any case, whatever the choice is, the important thing is to follow an overall logic and always evaluate the pros and cons. There are many solutions and sometimes talking to an expert in the sector is essential to find practical, realistic ideas that optimize the available budget.