Common Questions About Mirror Trays
What establishments can use mirrored serving trays?
Mirrored trays are a unique addition to serving displays that are not suited for every establishment. Typically found in fine dining restaurants, mirror trays are only beneficial to chefs who want a way to serve their food while complementing the care and detail put into plating dishes. Fine dining caterers can also use these trays as an easily portable mechanism that adds a touch of class to serving displays or buffets. Casual dining and fast casual dining restaurants typically would not have a place for round mirror trays in their line of service – though particularly creative operators might find a use in which one of these trays fits.
Round mirror trays fit well in displays in addition to serving. Operators can showcase their specials on a half-circle mirrored tray in the lobby or entrance way to entice customers, or they can be incorporated into seasonal displays that help set the mood inside the restaurant. Mirror trays are popular as centerpieces for table settings, whether they are serving food or illuminating decorations, and creative operators can find many ways to utilize these unique pieces.
What are rimless trays?
Rimless trays are trays without an edge that protrudes above the mirrored surface, meaning they are easier to clean than other trays because there is no ridge to catch water or food waste. The flat surface enables operators to clean the tray with a wet rag – though if food is being served directly from the tray, it will require more thorough sanitization. Customers are ensured an unimpeded view of the display with the flat surface, which also means the food itself is accessible. For sushi or other foods served in pieces, ridgeless trays give everyone at the table an avenue to their shared dish and eases the storing and tracking of mirrored trays.
Are mirrored trays dishwasher safe?
Most of our mirror trays are dishwasher safe, but operators should double check that the unit they wish to purchase will withstand their existing cleaning process. Any tray that food will be served on requires regulation-compliant sanitation, which can vary depending on the processes of your establishment. Check the product specification sheet for the tray you're looking at before purchasing to ensure you will be able to clean it properly.
What materials are the trays made of?
The mirrored surface is typically made of shatter-resistant glass, providing a long life to your new servingpiece as well as a vibrant reflection. Wood or plastic backing is available, depending on the individual piece, so consider which materials would best fit your existing décor and match your cleaning processes before purchase.