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XXXXXV Restaurant Dialogue and Vocabulary

How many kinds of restaurants are there in Guangzhou? (Japanese, FRA, Cantonese, USA, German, Korean, Thai, Indian, Middle East, Pakistani) and many ethnic restaurants, such as Cantonese, Xinjiang, Sichuan, Hunan, Guilin, Shanxi, Beijing, Yunnan, & Hainan.

On entering a restaurant, the customer is approached by a waitress/hostess (or maitre’d)

Waitress: “Good evening (afternoon). Welcome to “Red Dragon” restaurant. How many are there in your party?” (If more are coming, the waitress/hostess will have to know.)

Customer-1. “We’d like a table for two. (or ”There are just two of us” or “There will be four.”)

W. “Would you like a table by the window?”

C-1 “No, we would prefer something to the side. Over there would be fine”.

After seating, the waitress/hostess asks:

W. “Would you like to try our buffet or do you want to order from the menu?”

C-1 “I would like something from the menu. Do you have any specials for today?”

W. “Yes, we have Weiner schnitzel (a Viennese breaded steak) with potatoes a vegetable
and either a soup or salad,” (and she hands them two menus).

Customer-2 “I'd like to have the Weiner schnitzel. What soup goes with the special?”

W. “We have bean soup, egg drop, vegetable soup, cream of mushroom, and clam chowder.”

C-2 “I’d like the clam chowder but I’d also like a salad. Can (May) I have a salad instead of a
potato? “

W. “No, we can’t do that. But if you are worried about calories (nice word for 'getting fat’), we
have a delicious baked potato with low-fat sour cream.”

C-2 “ That’ll (That would) be fine.”

W. “Would you like something to drink?”

C-1 “Yes. What do you have?”

W. “We have green and red tea, soft drinks, beer, and wine.”

C-2 “Do you have imported beer? (or imported Wine?)”

W. “No, but we have Tsingtao and Zhujiang beer, Great Wall and other Chinese wines.”

C-1 “What beer do you recommend?”

W. “Both beers are really good. Tsingtao is a well known beer, but Zhujiang is very good.”

C-1 “I think I’ll try Zhujiang beer.”

C-2 “I’d like some green tea.”

W. “Would you like to order now (Are you ready to order food now?)? Or shall I come back?”

C-1 “We’re ready to order now, but could you please help us? I’m not familiar with the
food. Could you tell us which dishes have pork and which are spicy and hot?”

C-2 “I don’t mind spicy, but I don’t want anything that is oily or fat.”

W. “Certainly. I understand. Those with a star are hot and spicy. (Turning to C-2) Do
you eat meat?”

C-2 “I’m not a vegetarian, but I prefer non-meat dishes.”

W. “We have eggplant, tofu and mushrooms, cashew nuts and vegetables, and chow
Mien. Do you like Eggs?”

C-2 “Oh yes, I like eggs and I also eat seafood. I don’t think of either of them as meat.”

W. “We have a delicious noodle and seafood dish that is not spicy or oily.”

C-2 “What is in it?”

W. “It has prawns (shrimp), small squids, crab legs, and some fish.”

C-2 “That sounds delicious. I’ll have that and a salad with ranch dressing with iced tea.”

W. Turning to C-1, waitress asks: “What would you like to have?”

C-1 “I don’t want anything spicy or hot, and I don’t want pork. Do you have any mutton?”

W. “Yes. We have roast leg of lamb.”

C-1 “That sounds good. I’ll have that and a baked potato and a salad with Russian
dressing and green beans.”

W. “What would you like to drink?”

C-1. “I’ll have coffee, black. No cream or sugar, please.”

Waitress leaves the customers to talk, then returns shortly with their orders.

W. “Here is the leg of lamb and baked potato. And here is the noodle and seafood platter.
Here’s your coffee and here is your iced tea. Would you like to order dessert now?”

C-1 “I think I’ll wait till later and see if I have room for dessert.

C-2 “Me too.”

Waitress asks, “Would you like anything else?”

C-1 & C-2. “No. That’ll be all.”

W. “Enjoy.” Then she leaves.

C-2 “This seafood platter with noodles is delicious. How is your plate?”

C-1. “It would be great but the lamb is a bit rare. It’s so red it makes my stomach turn.”

C-2 “I’ll get the Waitress.” Signaling the waitress. “Oh Miss.”

W. “Yes?”

C-1. “This leg of lamb is too raw. I’d like my meat cooked more than this is.”

W. “Certainly. Do you want it medium or well done?”

C-1 “Well done.”

W. “It shouldn’t take more than five minutes. Would you like some garlic bread while
waiting for the leg of lamb? Compliments of the house (free).“

C-1. “That’ll be nice. I love garlic bread.”

Waitress removes plate with the mutton and takes it to the kitchen.

C-1. “Please don’t stand on ceremony. Eat your food while your food is warm. Don’t
wait for me.”

C-2 “Thanks. I’m famished. I could eat a horse.”

Waitress returns with basket of garlic bread. “Here is some garlic bread for you.”

C-1 “How is your seafood dish?”

C-2 “This seafood is really great.”

Waitress returns after five minutes: Here is your leg of lamb. Is there anything else?”

C-2 “Not for me.”

C-1 “Maybe latter.”

C-2 “How is your leg of lamb?”

C-1 “It’s a little tough, quite chewy and the green beans are a little bland I think your
seafood plate looks better than my plate (than what I have).”

Finishing their lunch, customers signal the waitress. Waitress comes:

W. “Would you like some dessert?”

C-1 “I’m stuffed. (full). I don’t think I can eat anything more.”

C-2 “Me too. Could you bring me the check?”

C-1 “That total bill is too much for you. I think we should go Dutch (each pay our own).”

C-2 “If you insist. But I really wanted to treat you.”

C-1 “Maybe next time. But I hadn’t planned on you paying for lunch this time.”

W. “Was your lunch satisfactory?”

C-2 “Mine was great.”

C-1 “I enjoyed the baked potato and salad, but the mutton was a bit tough.”

W. “Sorry about that. Here are your checks. Come back again.” (Waitress leaves).

C-1 “How much should we tip the waitress?”

C-2 “She was really nice, but the standard 15% is sufficient I think.”
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