Setting Up A Commercial Kitchen

For many of us who have little or no experience in F&B business, setting up a commercial kitchen for a cafe or restaurant can be a daunting task. Here, we highlight some very basic but important considerations to make when selecting food equipment.

1) Find out if the space you rented/purchased is fitted with 3-Phase or Single-Phased Electrical Supply.

It is important to know if the place you rented or purchased for your F&B business has 3-Phase power supply. Some of our customers come to us asking for large equipment, e.g. large capacity deep fryers or deck ovens, for their new establishments, without knowing if their place is fitted with 3-Phase power supply. Equipment such as large deck ovens used by bakeries, combi ovens used by restaurants and large capacity deep fryers seen in fast food establishments require 3-Phase power supply to work. Installing the 3-Phase power supply to a property will set you back quite a bit in set-up costs. Therefore, it is always advisable to find out the electrical requirements from your kitchen equipment supplier before working out the budget required for the set up.

2) Estimate the capacity you need for food equipment.

Customers typically over-estimate their requirement and end up buying a larger capacity equipment than they need. For example, we have customers who purchase 27-litres freestanding deep fryers only to later realise that they do not need anything close to that. It is not so much the cost of the equipment but the long-term costs of operating the equipment. For example, we have customers who purchase large capacity free-standing deep fryers like those you see in fast food restaurants, and later realise that they have wasted so much oil to fill the unneeded capacity in the fryer. Do keep in mind that equipment can be added on slowly, so for new start ups we generally recommend that they acquire as few equipment as possible for a start and slowly add on in future.

3) Plan your menu so that you know what equipment you need.

Some customers come to us without knowing what they are planning to serve in their cafe. Some equipment, such as the UNOX convection ovens, can be used to bake and grill a wide variety of food items, therefore it is a value-for-money piece of equipment. For example, you can simply purchase a patented FAKIRO pan for your UNOX convection oven to bake pizza instead of acquiring a separate pizza oven.  Therefore, always remember to ask if each of the equipment you are considering is absolutely necessary for your menu.

There are a lot more considerations to make when setting up a commercial kitchen but I will write them separately another time. The above 3 are some common but often neglected things to note you are setting up a F&B establishment for the first time.