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8 Table Manner Tips from Around the World

Impress the locals with these insider tips.

Middle East

Middle East

Don’t ask for a doggie bag – the concept of bringing home leftovers does not exist. People eat smaller portions to avoid wasting food.


Chile

Chile

Gluten alert: Most restaurant start you off with bread, ideally accompanied by a fresh condiment of tomato, onion and chili called pebre. Without those carbs, the meal may not feel complete.

 

 

Thailand

Don’t ask for chopsticks unless you’re eating noodles. Most Thai dishes are eaten with a combination of spoon and fork.


Italy

Italy

Never cut your pasta. It should be eaten twirled on a fork only, but without the use of a spoon (unless you’re a small child); twirl the pasta against the side of your dish if you must.


Portugal

Don’t expect to find salt and pepper at restaurants. Changing the seasoning of your meal could be considered an insult to the chef.


China

China

Leave a bit of food on your plate. Eating every morsel might be interpreted as a sign that there weren’t enough dishes.


India

Take small portions of everything on offer, and be sure to clean your plate.

 

 

Dining with kids

 

Kid courtesy

Reduce the stress of family travel.

Manage the Meltdowns
After a full day of sightseeing, kids are pooped. To avoid exhaustion-induced tantrums, eat your evening meal early. (Bonus: the restaurant is less busy.) And remember that in some countries, like Spain, nightlife is kid-inclusive.

Eat like a grown-up
Don’t expect to find children’s menus outside North America; in most of the world, children eat what their parents do. Spin those small-plates menus and appetizers as kid-friendly crowd pleasers. (Cod fritters: fancy fish sticks.)

Gear to go
There are no high chairs at that tiny noodle shop in Nagoya. Pack a portable fabric chair harness like the Totseat, which transforms just about any chair into a kid-safe seat.

£22, totseat.com

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CHILE     CHINA     DINING ETIQUETTE     FOOD & DRINK     INDIA     ITALY     MIDDLE EAST     PORTUGAL     SPAIN     THAILAND    

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