A bouillon spoon is intended for soup, traditionally for clear, broth-based soups, as its name implies, and for jellied soups such as a madrilene. It is a round-bowled spoon, rather than oval-bowled, its curve designed to fit the rounded edge of a soup bowl. Bouillon spoons have short handles, typically between 5 and 5-1/2 inches long. The round bowl of the bouillon spoon is too wide to fit comfortably in the mouth, so soup is actually sipped from the side of the bowl. The bouillon spoon is slightly more formal and more appropriate for soup than a teaspoon, although many restaurants and homes purchase teaspoons since they can perform double duty. But when you want to raise the dining experience up a notch and you serve a clear or jellied soup, consider bouillon spoons.
Restaurant Supply carries a wide variety of bouillon spoons, so you will be able to find just the right pattern for your foodservice establishment. Available in different grades of stainless steel, you will need to select the bouillon spoons that is best suited for your dining room experience. Bouillon spoons made from 18/10 and 18/8 stainless steel grades have a brighter luster and resist stains longer than any flatware made from 18/0 stainless steel. However, strength is comparable on all three grades of stainless steel bouillon spoons, so if cost is a consideration, look into 18/0 grade bouillon spoons.
A bouillon spoon would not be appropriate for use with a heavy stew or soup that is served as a main course, but for smaller portions or side dishes it is ideal. If you serve sandwiches with a small bowl or cup of soup, the smaller bouillon spoon is more compatible with the cup's size, rather than the more formal, and larger, standard oval-bowl soup spoon. Add that extra detail to your customer's dining experience and offer soups with bouillon spoons.