PRIX FIXE: The name given to a preselected menu. This is basically
where the chef and the
restaurant choose the items of the meal. Often, the diner may be given a
choice between two
appetizers or entrees. The advantages of this style of menu are several.
1. The house is guaranteed that each customer will spend at least the cost
of several courses.
Some people who are light diners often only select a few appetizers.
2. The chef can show expertise by desigIiing a total meal.
3. There is more control over waste. Since there are only a few menu
choices, the chef know's
exactly what to order for the meal and the menu itself will contain only a
Prix fixe also may have its detractors. Many Americans are accustomed to
choice and may feel
limited or not cared for with such a menu.