Hotel first to serve up calorie count of every dish on the dinner menu

Limerick yesterday heralded the first hotel dinner menu which has a calorie value of every dish.

Jan O’Sullivan gave the menu at the city’s George Boutique Hotel her ministerial stamp of approval.

The menu features 12 main courses, eight starters and seven desserts.

The manager of the 125-room, three-star, Altaf Khan, said the hotel now plans to expand the calorie value guide to all its menus.

He said: “We have been testing the new calorie value menu for the past week to get feedback as some people said it might scare customers away not wanting to know the amount of calories contained on what they order.

“But we have found there is a big demand for this information as people want education on what they eat, so they can make their own decision on the calorie value of their food and that is what this about.

“Customer reaction has been very favourable. It will be law in two years’ time, but we decided to move ahead with listing the calorie values on our menus.”

Mr Khan said the calorie details of each dish had also led to the opening up of greater engagement between the waiting staff and customers, who have been asking lots of questions.

“Some restaurants have calorie values on their menus, but we are the first hotel to launch one,” he said.

Mr Khan said the hotel brought in a consultant chef who worked with its six chefs during the very detailed preparations for the launch.

Kayleigh Yeoman, one of the contestants in the RTÉ series Operation Transformation was also invited to share her views on the shape of the new menu.

Mr Khan said: “When we saw her on the programme, we made contact and she was very keen on coming on board. It took time and money to break down everything into a calorie count.”

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