The Differences Between QR Menu and Digital Menu

A woman browsing a digital menu.
Ayseli İzmen
Ayseli İzmen
July 22, 2022

The digital age's full-force transformation keeps changing our old ways. Nowadays, from learning bus routes to learning programming, from buying food and clothes to buying bonds, we are long past the points when we would call a number we heard on a radio show or TV, ring a stockbroker, or answer a brochure dropped off at our doorstep, which were revolutionary developments in their own right once. So, from the big mechanisms that regulate societies to minor things, social life is bound to be dramatically altered by the wind of tech taking over the world. However, the years passed under the conditions of a global pandemic surely sped things up.

One of the fruits of this whole process was the advancement of contactless solutions used in food, catering, and hospitality services. These solutions acted as cautionary practices against the pandemic and improved the overall hygiene and service quality in the said areas.

One significant gain of the so-called contactless revolution was digital menus. These menus come in differing styles, technical complexity, and design, ranging from PDF files to special applications embedded in a mobile device, all accessed through a QR code. As a company that powers restaurants, hotels, and cafés with next-generation QR menus and digital menu solutions, we wanted to dive deep into the differences between a QR menu and a digital menu.

How to Create a QR Menu

Creating a QR code menu can take many forms depending on your business goals and needs. Depending on the level of sıohistication you aim for, you can create a PDF file and link it to either a static or a one-time QR code. Many code generators are free or offer quite inexpensive rates. Suppose you want your menu to provide not just the names and maybe images of the dishes you serve but a standalone experience, on the other hand. In that case, a wholesome and integrative digital menu is what you envision.

A Digital Menu is So Much More Than a QR Menu

Two women in a kitchen, focused on a tablet displaying a menu.

A basic QR code menu is an environment and budget-friendly option, and it presents the users with significant value even in the absence of global health crises. It brings new hygiene and quality standards to the business for a QR code menu, in its simplest form, will be free of any distasteful stains, wrinkles, and attrition caused by thousands of times of use, and will make a (positive) statement and will save the businesses from the costs of design, printing, and reprinting due to changes in the offerings due to season, product availability, or other reasons.

It will also spare the businesses the burden of printing five different menus at once for appetizers, main courses, desserts, and alcoholic beverages. It also might add an aura of sophistication and the element of enticement to your services from the very beginning. However, this simplest form of the digitized menu is still, in its essence, an unprinted paper menu.

Today, more and more businesses are moving towards increasingly responsive solutions that will make the menus communication tools rather than simple representations. A wholesome digital menu generally comes in the form of an embedded application on a mobile device such as a tablet. Tablets are ideal for their relatively large screen size, allowing the customers to catch the beauty in the details of each offering and their portability.

In some forms of the digital menu, there will be an embedded QR code generator on the devices owned by the service provider to enable the customers to access the menu from their own devices, taking the contactless approach one step further. Wholesome digital menus can integrate a myriad of features, from high-resolution images to whole prep videos for the mindful. They might also act as order-takers, opening up space and creating extra time for the staff to constantly improve the service quality, ensure customer satisfaction, and train. Once the order is communicated to the kitchen via the same app, the customer can be informed on the average prep time for his/her order via a pop-up message.

Such small gestures will enhance the communication between the customer and the business and will make the customer feel more special. Customers may also add or eliminate ingredients in a dish and communicate special requests via notes. If a business opts to embed secure payment applications into the menu, the customer also will be able to pay using their own device. This last feature is particularly remedial to the security and privacy concerns of the customers.

Moreover, a digital menu is a powerful communication tool, and a shortcut is not only for food. Hotels can create service menus that can be accessed by QE codes provided in the rooms that will enable the guests to request items, housekeeping, and even book sessions in the massage parlor or the spa. As the saying goes, opportunities are endless.

Streamline Your Restaurant Operations with FineDine Digital Menu

Vowed to revolutionize the service sector by endowing menus with the power of tech, FineDine adds to the service quality and capabilities of your restaurant business with its wholesome digital menu applications. With FineDine, you can transform an act that is mundane into an engagement opportunity that will cultivate bonds with your customers over time. With our responsive and adaptive menus, you can offer top-notch presentation, hygiene, communication, and fun in just one tool. You can add images or videos to your menus, add descriptions, and even different language options without wasting natural and financial resources.