The Laravel News site has a quick new post about some routing improvements that are coming in the next larger release of the framework , Laravel v5.4:
As Laravel 5.4 development continues, two new improvements are coming to your routes, better route caching for large applications and fluently registering routes.
The route caching updates will help performance with larger applications, reducing the parsing time required to locate and push a request to the right location. The "fluent" route improvements basically allow for the definition of some things, like middleware or route names, as a part of the route definition rather than after the fact. Examples of this are included in the post.