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At A Restaurant


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Exercise 1

Vocabulary


Read each word and let the student repeat it.


cordon bleu

Noun

ˌkɔrdɔ̃ ˈblɜː

a dish consisting of meat wrapped around cheese and then breaded and fried

Example Sentences:

Cordon bleu is a popular dish in many European countries.

The restaurant’s specialty is chicken cordon bleu.

Have you ever tried making cordon bleu at home?


beer

Noun

bɪər

an alcoholic drink made from yeast-fermented malt flavored with hops

Example Sentences:

Germany is known for its variety of beers.

I'll have a cold beer with my meal.

The pub offers a selection of craft beers.


starter

Noun

ˈstɑːrtər

a small dish served as the first part of a meal

Example Sentences:

We ordered a salad as a starter.

The restaurant offers a wide range of starters.

Do you want a starter or just the main course?


main course

Noun

meɪn kɔrs

the most important part of a meal

Example Sentences:

For the main course, I'll have the steak.

The main course comes with a side of vegetables.

What's your favorite main course at this restaurant?


dessert

Noun

dɪˈzɜːrt

a sweet course served at the end of a meal

Example Sentences:

We had ice cream for dessert.

The dessert menu includes cakes and pastries.

Do you want to order dessert?


reservation

Noun

ˌrɛzərˈveɪʃən

an arrangement to have a table kept for you at a restaurant

Example Sentences:

I made a reservation for two at the Italian restaurant.

Do we need a reservation for tonight?

The restaurant is fully booked, so you should make a reservation in advance.


menu

Noun

ˈmɛnjuː

a list of the food that can be ordered at a restaurant

Example Sentences:

Can I see the menu, please?

The menu has a variety of vegetarian options.

What's on the dessert menu?


Exercise 2

Useful Expressions

May I take your order, please?

Response: Yes. Could I have the chicken cordon bleu, please?


Would you like a starter with that?

Response: Yes, I’ll have the garlic bread, please.


What would you like to drink?

Response: I'll have a beer, please.


Would you like any dessert?

Response: Yes, I'll have the chocolate cake, please.


Do you have a reservation?

Response: Yes, it's under the name Smith.


Exercise 3


Dialogue Practice

Read the dialogue aloud with your teacher.

At the Restaurant


Server Good evening! May I take your order?

Customer Good evening! Yes, could I have the chicken cordon bleu, please?

Server Certainly. Would you like a starter with that?

Customer Yes, I'll have the garlic bread, please.

Server What would you like to drink?

Customer I'll have a beer, please.

Server Would you like any dessert?

Customer Yes, I'll have the chocolate cake, please.

Server Great choices. Is that all for tonight?

Customer Yes, that's all. Thank you.

Server Thank you very much. Your order will be out shortly.


Check your understanding:

  1. What did the customer order as the main course?

  2. What did the customer order as a starter?

  3. What did the customer order to drink?

  4. Did the customer order any dessert?


Exercise 4

Role Play

Role-play the following situation with your teacher.

Situation:

You are at a restaurant. You are the customer and your tutor is the server. Then switch.


Exercise 5

Useful Expressions

  • May I take your order, please?

  • Yes. Could I have the cordon bleu, please?

  • Would you like any side dishes with that?

  • Yes. I’ll have a side salad, please.

  • What would you like to drink?

  • I'll have a beer, please.

  • Will that be all?

  • Yes, thank you.

  • Will that be for here or to go?

  • For here, please.

  • To go, please.


Exercise 6

Dialogue Practice

Read the dialogue aloud with your teacher.

Server Good evening! May I take your order?

Customer Good evening! Could I have the cordon bleu, please?

Server Certainly. Would you like any side dishes with that?

Customer Yes. I’ll have a side of mashed potatoes, please.

Server Great choice. What would you like to drink?

Customer I'll have a beer, please.

Server Would you like anything for dessert?

Customer No, thank you. That’ll be all.

Server Okay, that will be $25. Is that dine-in or takeout?

Customer Dine-in, please.

Server Thank you very much. Your order will be ready shortly.

Check your understanding:

  1. What did the customer order for the main course?

  2. What side dish did the customer choose?

  3. What did the customer drink?

  4. Did the customer order dessert?

  5. Was the order for dine-in or takeout?


Exercise 7

Role Play

Role-play the following situation with your teacher.

Situation You are at a restaurant. Use the menu below to order something. Your teacher will act as the server. Then, switch the roles.

Menu:

  • Starters: Salad, Soup, Breadsticks

  • Main Courses: Cordon Bleu, Grilled Chicken, Vegetarian Pasta

  • Side Dishes: Mashed Potatoes, Steamed Vegetables, French Fries

  • Drinks: Beer, Wine, Soft Drinks

  • Desserts: Cheesecake, Ice Cream, Chocolate Mousse


Exercise 8

Discussion Questions

  1. How often do you go to restaurants?

  2. What is your favorite type of restaurant (e.g., Italian, Chinese, French)?

  3. Do you prefer dine-in or takeout? Why?

  4. Do you enjoy cooking at home or eating out more?

  5. What is the most popular dish in your country?

  6. Do you think dining out is a good way to socialize? Why or why not?

  7. What is your favorite dish to order at a restaurant?

  8. Do you have any memorable restaurant experiences?

  9. How important is good service to you when dining out?

  10. Do you like trying new dishes at restaurants or do you stick to familiar ones?




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