my plate youre taking!
Q. I was at a formal dinner, and when I was halfway
through the meal, I paused to talk to my neighbour. When I turned
to start eating again, my plate had been removed. Fortunately the
waiter was just behind me so I asked him to put the plate back on
the table. He had assumed that I had finished eating and therefore,
without asking me had removed my plate. May I know what the correct
procedure is in this case, as I do not want to give the wrong signal
and be deprived of a good meal.
way you place your cutlery gives the waiter the signal whether you
have finished your meal or not. When you have finished your meal,
your fork and knife should be placed together, the prongs of the
fork upward and the blade of the knife facing inward. This can be
placed straight in front of you or on the side of the plate (not
on the table!) When you place your cutlery thus, it is an indication
for the waiter to clear your plate.
If you are
in the midst of eating and you want to drink, then your fork and
knife should be placed apart (inverted v). Then a knowledgeable
waiter will not remove your plate. Sometimes the waiters are in
a hurry to remove your plate. It is not a bad idea to inform a hovering
waiter that you want to enjoy the meal!
do you eat a chicken in a basket at a restaurant? What
is the correct way to eat a dinner roll?
on a date or want to make the right impression? Then avoid ordering
finger-licking food! Chicken in a basket is found in
most menus and the only way you can enjoy this is by using your
fingers. The dinner roll or the bun is to be eaten with the soup.
Break a small piece at a time with your fingers, dab some butter
on it and eat it. Cutting it into half or biting into it is considered
would like to know who picks up the cheque at dinner when we are
travelling as colleagues?
out about your company policy on reimbursement. Check this out with
your accounts department; theyll tell you the regulations
regarding who will be reimbursed for what. When you travel, whoever
picks up the cheque, the company pays the bill. But theres
a protocol to follow.
1) If both
travellers are of equal rank they may split the bill. Or they come
to an understanding that each pick up cheques on alternate days.
2) When a senior
travels with a lower-level executive, the senior is expected to
pay. But if the amount is small, the junior can say, "I'll
get it," and do so.
eat fast. This becomes a problem as Im left staring at the
plate while my friends are still eating. What do I do?
you sit down to a meal with a group of people, you are expected
to keep pace with the company you are in. Learn to eat slowly. If
you still finish early, you can keep sipping the wine or water and
keep talking and amuse them with your conversation while waiting
for them to finish.
when I was dining with my spouse at a quiet restaurant, there was
a commotion at the next table. It appeared that two male diners
were at each others throats over the dinner bill. This scene
was rather distracting. How does one overcome a situation like that?
person who invites pays the bill. And if the guest happens to be
in a generous mood, he may overrule the host, and decide to pick
up the tab. The trouble begins only at this point where the host
is adamant to pay. In such a case the guest must give in. The next
time to avoid any such scenes, the host when making the table reservation,
must make it clear with the restaurant manager about the payment,
and make arrangements to pay up discreetly instead of having the
bill sent to the table.