AT THE RESTAURANT
Mr. Johnson: What shall we have? A full course, I suppose? IТm awfully hungry.
Mr. Campbell: So am I. And IТm thirsty, too.
J.: Then letТs have a glass of mineral water first or some orange juice.
C.: I prefer orange juice with ice.
J.: Waiter! Iced orange juice and a glass of mineral water, please.
(To Mr. Campbell) Now letТs see the menu. And here is the wine card, too. How about some hard drinks?
C.: I wouldnТt mind having a brandy.
J.: So itТs one brandy. And itТs whisky and soda for me. Now comes the hors dТoeuvre. What do you suggest?
C.: A salad would do, I think.
J.: And I think IТll have shrimps. Now for the soup.
C.: Shall we have chicken broth?
J.: IТd better take tomato soup. For the fish and meat courses they have broiled salmon, lamb chops and roast beef.
C.: I shanТt have any fish course. IТll just try the roast beef.
J.: And I donТt want any meat. IТd rather order perch. Now what is there for dessert? (Reads) Apples, pears, strawberry ice-cream, rice pudding... What do you say to ice-cream?
C.: Well, I donТt mind.
J.: So, thatТs settled: two ices.
a bill / cheque
to book in advance / to reserve
Is this table vacant (reserved)?
What shall we have / start with?
May I have the menu? (LetТs see the menu.)
What would you likeЕ?
What aboutЕ/What would you say toЕ
How would you like it cooked?
Courses (full course / 3-meal course):
a starter / appetizer / hors d'oeuvre
for the first (second, third) course
a main course / fish and meat coarse / entrée [`ɒntrei]
a side dish / a la cart
ItТs a la cart
You lead - € довер€юсь вам
to be hungry / thirsty
the wine card / list
hard / alcoholic drinks
beer / light drinks
soda / gas / mineral water / fizzy drinks
Salad would do.
chicken broth / noodles (vegetable, meat, fish, tomato) soup
two for dinner? Ц вас двое на ужин?
Trimmings - гарнир
Daily special Ц определенный гарнир на каждый день
Medium / underdone
Coffee (black or white)
Wines: dry, medium (semi)-dry, sweet, white, red, rosé, fortified, claret
tasty - tasteless: a negative word
sweet - bitter
tender - tough
fatty - lean
fattening: food which makes you put on weight
Likes and preferences
I like coffee more than tea/ I prefer juice to fizzy drinks
I adore milk shakes
I donТt like dry wine, IТd better have semi-dry one
I donТt mind having corn for trimming
I hate any kind of beer
I enjoy sitting near the beach and looking at the sea
Exercise 1. Look at the following menu and answer the questions.
Home-made Chicken Liver Paté
Tagliatelle with Courgettes, Cream and Bacon
Baked Salmon with Spinach
Breast of Chicken in a White Wine Sauce with Mushrooms
Grilled Fillet Steak in a Pepper Sauce
1. Which starter doesnТt contain vegetables?
2. Which dish contains pasta?
3. Which dish may be rare or well-done?
4. Which dish is definitely cooked in the oven?
5. Which dish will probably be quite spicy?
6. Which dish contains alcohol?
7. Which meat may be fatty or tough if you are unlucky?
8. Which dessert(s) will be quite sweet?
9. Which dessert must be very fresh?
10. You are on a diet (= you are trying to lose weight) and you do not want to have a fattening meal. Which would probably be the best dish to choose for each course?
Exercise 2. Put the dialogue in the right order.
Woman: I think IТll have some fish, please.
Waiter: ItТs a Greek dish - a kind of pie with layers of aubergine and lamb and tomatoes, topped with a creamy cheese sauce.
Waiter: Rump or fillet, sir?
Man: Medium rare.
Waiter: IТm afraid we havenТt any sole left, madam, but the turbot is excellent.
Man: WhatТs this?
Waiter: What would you like to follow?
Woman: Then IТll have the turbot.
Waiter: And you sir?
Man: Oh, jacket potato, mushrooms, and a side salad, please.
Woman: The duchesse potatoes, please, and some spinach.
Man: Rump, please.
Waiter: And how would you like it cooked?
Waiter: What vegetables would you like with your fish, madam?
Man: I think IТll settle for a steak.
Waiter: Thank you.