From mispronouncing dishes on the menu to using the wrong fork, here are some common mistakes diners make when eating out in restaurants.
Traditionally, it’s considered good manners for a man give up the best seat (and view) in a restaurant to a female companion or guest. The array of cutlery in high-end restaurants can leave some people confused. Follow one basic rule, and you’ll be fine – start with the utensils farthest from your plate and work inwards. Salad and appetizer knives, forks and spoon will always be on the outside.The knife and fork nearest your plate are for the main course.
Once seated, you should place your folded napkin on your lap and leave it there until you have finished your meal. “If you leave the table during a meal, place your napkin, loosely folded, on the seat of your chair. A napkin is never returned to the table until you’re ready to leave.” Always pass bread and sharing dishes to the right. This is because most people (around 90%) are right-handed, so it tends to be the easiest motion for most. Even if you’re really hungry, resist the urge to attack your entire bread roll and butter it all at once. “The golden rule of eating bread is to break off a small piece, hold it in your fingers (not your palm), and butter it one bite at a time, using a butter knife if one is lying on your bread plate.”
Asked to pass the salt? It’s a simple request that could leave you committing a faux pas if you don’t offer the pepper as well. “Correct table etiquette states they should always be passed around the table as a pair. Most folks will only pass the shaker that is being requested.” Not sure whose is whose? You’ll find your bread plate on your left, above your forks. And your water glass on your right. Enjoy.
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