The restaurant China found in food service establishments is much more durable than the fine China found in a household China cabinet. It is designed to withstand the rigors of a commercial kitchen environment. When looking for new China, it is important that you select a rim style that complements your décor.
Many chefs prefer standard, bright white restaurant China with a basic rim, because white goes with anything and allows for a more diverse meal presentation. Plates that are embossed have wider rims with grooved patterns. The grooved patterns appeal to a customer’s senses of sight and touch.
Restaurant China that has banded rims feature two or more colored stripes and an off-white or speckled plate surface. These plates are ideal for tables that want a more home-style setting. In contrast to the banded rims, plates with a formal style are used for important events, like wedding receptions or holiday dinners. These plates feature silver, gold or platinum rims.
The banded china can go in the dishwasher, but be careful not to break it. If the plates or cups are stacked, they can scratch the outer glaze, so look for a collection with a smooth foot to prevent scratching and chipping in the glaze.