1. The right light
Natural light is key, I always try and shoot food during the day for the best lighting and to bring out the right colour and texture of my subject. Try and stay away from artificial lighting and never use flash with food! A cloudy day is also perfect as direct sunlight can create harsh shadows and lighting.
2. Use props to set the scene
Add some colour or additional elements to the table. This can be anything from a hand to add a human element, part of a menu to add some colour or even a vase and plant on the table.
3. Stand up for a birds eye view
Not everyone likes to do this in a restaurant! See what options you have with different angles (just don’t stand on the chair).