Dinner Plates Of Different Shapes
You have certainly seen the Michelin star restaurant chefs and their dishes. These items look stunning. These seem less like food and more like an art on the plate. If you have noticed closely, the canvas of the art i.e. the serving plate is sometimes a classic round bone china and sometimes a rectangular rustic slate plate or something else. The style of the plate is chosen to make the best looking food.
So what is a plate style? Size, shape? Both? We can think of it as the size, shape, type of material, design and many other features separately or collection of these together. We have discussed about size and plate material in details already. Here we will talk about different types of dinner plates based on shapes or structures, their availability and when you should use them. Let's jump right in.
Common Plate Shapes
There are various dinner plate styles available. You may find them readily available or go for custom-made options. Round plates are the most common ones. There are also oval shaped plates. These fall under the rectangular category. In recent time, square plates are seen more commonly. Some plates come in irregular shape as well. These are usually stoneware or earthenware. We won't go in deep about these plates though. Here are some popular styles of dinner plates based on their overall shape.
1. Classic Round Plate
The classic round plate features a flat, circular shape with slightly raised edges. It is a versatile and widely available option for everyday use or formal occasions.
Availability: Classic round plates are readily available in various materials, such as porcelain, ceramic, and melamine. They can be found in most home goods stores, online marketplaces like Amazon, and department stores.
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Price Range: $22-$124 for a set of 6 (Depending on size, design, and materials)
When should you use it: These round classic plates are suitable for all types of meals and occasions, from casual family dinners to formal gatherings.
2. Rectangular Plate
These plates are longer on one side, i.e. longer than its wide. Basically, both oval and rectangular shaped plates fall under this type. These plates are used to serve sharing platters or in combination with round or square plates to add variety to the table setting. Serving dishes are usually of rectangular shape.
Availability: These plates are readily available in most home goods stores, department stores, online marketplaces like Amazon, and department stores.
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Price Range: Starts $28 for a set of 4 on Amazon
When should you use it: These are almost exclusively used for serving large shared platters when you have guests over. Some food items such as fish n chips, burgers are usually served in these plates.
3. Square Plate
Square plates have a modern, angular design that adds visual interest to your table setting. They offer a contemporary look and can create a stylish and trendy atmosphere.
Availability: These are also commonly available in kitchenware stores, home decor boutiques, and online retailers. They may have a wider selection in specialty stores catering to modern or minimalist aesthetics.
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Price Range: Starts at $24 for a set of 6 on Amazon (While more designer options can range from $15 to $50 or more per plate)
When should you use it: These are ideal for showcasing modern or fusion cuisines. They can add a touch of sophistication to dinner parties, or when you want to make a visual statement with your table setting.
4. Triangular Plate
These are not the most common types of plates yet, but I bet you have seen them. These plates can have sharp or softer rounded corners.
Availability: More commonly found in online stores and home decor boutiques.
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Price Range: Starts at $30 for a set of 6 on Amazon
When should you use it: These are good for adding modern and trendy vibe to dining experience.
5. Coupe Plate
Coupe dinner plates are rimless with a shallow depth and a gently curved shape, creating an elegant and minimalist look. They are great for emphasizing the presentation of food.
Availability: Coupe plates are widely available in kitchenware stores, specialty stores, and online retailers. Also, available on Amazon.
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Price Range: Starts at $27 for a set of 6 on Amazon (Depending on the material, craftsmanship, and brand)
When should you use it: Coupe dinner plates are suitable for showcasing beautifully plated dishes. If you want to elevate the presentation of your culinary creations, these are simply the perfect choice.
6. Rimmed Plate
Unlike the coupe plates, rimmed plates feature a wide and slightly raised edge around the perimeter. The rim helps contain sauces and juices, making them practical for saucy dishes.
Availability: Rimmed plates are commonly available in kitchenware stores, department stores, and online marketplaces.
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Price Range: Starts from $5 per piece or $27 for a set of 6 on Amazon.
When should you use it: They are ideal for serving dishes with sauces or gravies, such as stews, pasta with sauces, or dishes with a lot of liquid components.
7. Pasta Plate
Pasta plates are specifically designed for serving pasta dishes. They are shallower than regular dinner plates and usually have wider rims, providing ample space for pasta, sauce, and toppings. Often they are referred to as bowl plates.
Availability: Pasta plates can be found in kitchenware stores, specialty stores, and online retailers that offer a variety of dinnerware. They could also be referred to as “bowl plates” or “pasta bowls”.
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Price Range: Starts from $20 for a set of 4 on Amazon
When should you use it: They are much ideal for serving various pasta dishes like spaghetti, fettuccine, or linguine. They are also suitable for noodle-based Asian dishes like ramen or stir-fried noodles.
Set your table and show of your dinnerware when you have guests over. Make them talk about not only your culinary skills but also your artistic food presentation. The style of the plate goes a long way in ensuring your food art is awe-worthy.