Australians are eating out less and ordering traditional, ‘‘comfort’’ foods when they do, according to the latest market research.
A report by industry analysts BIS Foodservice found in the 12 months prior to June 2012, the number of food service outlets declined by one per cent overall.
It also found since the global financial crises, people were eating out less often, and when they did go to a restaurant they were ordering cheaper options and fewer courses.
BIS Senior Project Manager Tim Emmerson said there was also a growing demand for no fuss, traditional foods, like fish and chips or bangers and mash.
‘‘It really is what happens when things become tough, we see a back to basics approach,’’ he said.
Pasquale Trimboli, owner of Braddon casual dining restaurant Italian and Sons, said they had been booked out for lunch this afternoon.
Mr Trimboli said consumers’ drift towards casual dining and comfort food was partly to do with changing fashions, but tough financial times also played their part.
‘‘It’s going back to what you know best, what you think is value for money, and what is less intimidating,’’ he said.
Mr Trimboli predicted the ‘‘modern Australian’’ fusion style of food would die out, as the key to longevity was providing a complete cultural experience, rather than food or ambiance alone.