An increased adventurousness is driving growth in the restaurant market, according to new research from MCA. So this autumn, help customers keep warm by adding a globally-inspired twist to British classic dishes.
Reboot the classic comfort food – big, hearty, savoury dishes like cauliflower cheese, roast dinners, nourishing soups and wholesome stews.
Add Pan-Asian flavour to roast pork or lamb with a warming Asian ginger, chilli and garlic sticky sauce, or give a hearty fish pie a Mexican touch, with juicy king prawns marinated in Habanero Hot Sauce.
A traditional beef stew goes Moroccan with the spice and warmth of Middle Eastern Hot Sauce, served with flatbread, seasoned chickpeas and a cool yogurt dip.
Crank up the flavour in a classic chicken pie with Japanese Teriyaki BBQ Sauce.
Try cauliflower cheese baked with South Carolina BBQ Sauce, served with sweet potato fries and a blue cheese dip.
Bring a taste of Brazil to your winter warmers menu with a tasty and filling feijoada - a stew packed with black beans, pork, bacon and chorizo, or a vegan version with marinated tofu or tempeh instead of meat. Add a dash of Maple and Bourbon BBQ Sauce for a rich, smoky touch.
Spice up your soup menu with a Middle Eastern Shakshuka, served in a bowl, a large mug or a takeaway tub with flatbread or pitta for dipping. This recipe makes it super simple .
This is the perfect time to make your dishes more tempting and satisfying than ever, with cost-conscious customers plumping only for a main course. MCA figures show 52% of customers are skipping starters and puddings – even more reason to make these autumn mains really count!
Have you seen our insight papers? They’re full of ideas for making the most of food trends. Download them here.
 MCA UK Restaurant Market Report 2018