for Dining in Exclusive Restaurants
I get a lot of requests of writing on this topic, and today I want to put the focus on etiquette when you go fine dining in exclusive restaurants. You can also apply this guide when dining in general, as having good manners never hurt anyone 😉
When you go to an exclusive restaurant you should always dress up. Jeans or mini dress is not considered appropriate dressing. Make sure clothes are ironed and have a good fit.
– No elbows on the table
– No car keys, mobile phones or small purses/clutches on the table. Order a seperate chair for your purse or ask the waiter where you could put it so it’s not in the way.
– Sit up straight, don’t slouch or treat the chair like if you’re at home.
– Don’t take pictures of your food.
– Don’t chew food and cut a new piece at the same time. Finish chewing, once you’re done you can go ahead and cut a new piece.
– Never reach across the table to get something, always ask someone politely to pass it for you.
– If you have a runny nose, always go to the bathroom to blow your nose, never in front of the table!
– The guests should always order first and the host last.
– Fast eaters are considered having a bad etiquette, so slow down if you have this problem.
– Always thank the waiter after any form of assistance.
– Napkin goes on the lap just before the first course arrives or when the host put his on the lap.
– If you need to leave your chair before the finish of the last course, the napkin should go on the chair seat when you stand up.
– When you’re finished with the last course, the napkin goes on the left hand side of the plate neatly placed (not folded).
– If you at any time need to use the napkin to wipe yourself, do it neatly with the corners of the napkin to the corners of your mouth.
– You always start using the outer cutlery first. Smaller cutlery for starters, small knife for bread/butter, chunkier cutlery for main course.
– When done with a meal, always put the cutlery in a 10:20 position.
– While eating, make sure your cutlery are clean. There should be no sauce or food on them, especially on the knife while eating.
– Hold the cutlery in a comfortable position with your fingertips and not grabbing them with the entire hold.
– Always use both kinfe and fork while eating, eating with just fork is not appropriate.
– Unless you’re a wine expert, always ask the somelier for a recommendation of the wine. You can point in the menu on a bottle in your price range to show your budget. Never bring up price range loudly.
– If you are the person getting the honour to try the wine, you should be aware of that you’re not trying the wine to see if you like it or not. This procedure is simply there to see if the wine is not completely terrible or gone bad in it’s taste. You can therefor not send back the bottle if your taste buds don’t agree of what you’ve chosen.
– In most of the exclusive restaurants the waiter usually poures the wine for you even if you have the bottle standing next to you. Please avoid assisting yourself.
– A wine glass, champagne glass etc should always be held by it’s “leg” and not on the actual glass leaving fingerprints.
– Always drink from the same spot of your glass so it’s left looking neat and tidy.
– Never shout to the waiter that you wish to get the bill. You can make a silent gesture in the air to catch his attention that you wish to pay.
– If you’re invited by someone to a meal, then the general rule is that the host pays the bill.
– If you’re out together with friends then try and settle the bill before hand to avoid long calculations or conversations of who’s gonna pay what etc.
– If a man invites you out, then he should always pay the bill 😉
Last, but not least:
Do take time to study general etiquette. This will give you the touch of class and style every JetsetBabe needs. If you don’t have any etiquette then no expensive designer clothes, bags or jewelry will be able to justify yourself. Walk the talk girls!