What Is a Degustation Menu?

Le Monde cafe - Breakfast Degustation
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Degustation is a French culinary term that refers to sampling an array of small dishes served one after the other. The term also encompasses ideas like savoring of food with all the senses, appreciation of ingredients and the chef’s technical skills, and enjoying food with good company.

Degustation menus are a popular option in restaurants today, particularly high-caliber establishments, allowing the chef to showcase his or her signature dishes and techniques.

A degustation meal often takes place over the course of several hours, with anything up to twenty courses of small bites. A degustation menu is often matched with wines.