Many people enjoy the experience of going out to eat at a restaurant. It is enjoyable to eat one’s favourite foods, or to try some entirely new food. Going out to a restaurant is also fun because it allows a change from the usual routine of eating at home.
There are many different kinds of restaurants. One popular type of restaurant is the fast-food restaurant. When ordering fast-food, you must first wait in line at the front of the restaurant, and then order food from the counter. After paying, the food is quickly delivered, and you can then take the food to a table, where you can enjoy your meal.
In most restaurants, you don’t have to go to a counter to order your food. Instead, you are taken to a table soon after entering the restaurant. There, a waiter comes to give you a menu. You can choose your meal from the foods that are listed on the menu. After ordering, it takes some time to prepare your food. After a while, the waiter brings your meal to the table. When you are finished eating, the waiter brings the “bill” or “check”. You then pay for the meal, and leave some extra money as a “tip” for the waiter.
In some other restaurants, the waiter does not bring the meal to your table. Instead, after you are taken to a table, you then go to a counter called a “buffet.” There you can select different types of foods, such as salads, soups, meats, breads, vegetables, and desserts. After putting the food on your plate, you return to your table. After eating, you can return to the buffet to get more food.
Other restaurants can be very fancy. They may have beautiful decorations, and they may have food that is prepared by expert chefs. These restaurants may also serve fine wines with the food. Of course, these restaurants are very expensive. At these restaurants, it is often necessary to reserve a table by telephoning the restaurant in advance.
Different restaurants specialize in different kinds of food. Fast-food restaurants may specialize in hamburgers or chicken. Some restaurants specialize in steak or seafood. Other restaurants specialize in foods that belong to a certain nationality. For example, many restaurants specialize in Italian, Mexican, Chinese, Indian, or Thai food.
Eating out at a restaurant can be a fun and tasty experience. What is your favourite kind of restaurant?
(a place where one can get) a meal of foods arranged on a long table, which people serve for themselves and eat standing up or sitting down nearby
a meal at a party or other occasion, in which people serve themselves at a table and then move away to eat
a cold buffet
The price includes morning coffee, buffet lunch, and afternoon tea.
British English formal
to talk to someone by telephone
ￚsynonym phone, call
Sammy telephoned to say that he would be late.
I’ll telephone you later.