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Restaurant kitchen equipment: The basics

If you’re considering opening up your very first restaurant, then there’s probably a whole host of things that are worrying you. From décor, to equipment to your staff, making sure that everything is ready in time for the grand opening can sometimes seem overwhelming. One of the most important things you can do for your new business is to make sure that you have everything you need to get the food out of the kitchen and onto customer’s tables on time. Ensuring that you’ve ordered all of your basic restaurant kitchen equipment in time will guarantee that you can serve up every last item of your menu with no trouble. So what exactly do you need to make your new kitchen perfect?

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Hygienic and high quality stainless steel preparation tables are a must for any new restaurant kitchen. They come in all different shapes and sizes, so no matter what the size of your restaurant you’ll be able to find something that works for you and your staff 

Washing up equipment and washing up stations are also an important area to factor into your kitchen, even at the early stages of planning. Making sure you have specific and separate hand and dish washing areas will help ease the inevitable chaos that occurs in the kitchen and also help you to keep your cutlery, crockery and your hands clean and germ free.


Refrigeration units and combi-ovens are two other important pieces of restaurant kitchen equipment to invest in if you want to get your food out fast and keep ingredients in great condition. As you are probably aware, different refrigeration units will be used for different purposes, so it’s best to check the different sizes and shapes available to you so that you can decide what works well for your establishment.

Combi ovens are best if you’re planning to serve a high number of customers or want to provide them with an extensive menu choice. There are several different types of combi, from the very basic models that simply allow you to cook two or more things at once, to the high-tech versions that can digitally store information and have a whole host of other ingenious functions. The combi oven really is a must in a larger, highly professional kitchen.

Don’t forget the glassware, crockery and food mixers! It might be hard to believe, but many new restaurant owners forget the absolute basics whilst they’re worrying about the larger and seemingly more important pieces of restaurant kitchen equipment. Don’t get caught out in your first week because you’ve run out of the basics, be prepared for any situation and remember that the little things make the biggest difference in a new restaurant.

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