English for Waiters
Bland, Rich, Spicy, Salty, Sweet, Sour, Bitter, Hot…
Pickled, Baked, Boiled, Broiled, Fried, Sautéed…
Words to describe the taste of food:
Delicious, Awful, Good, Tasty, Yummy, Yucky, Disgusting…
Students should work together in pairs and read the following dialogue, one student reading one part, the other student reading the other. Note the expressions used in the dialogue and the progression of the conversation. The dialogue can be used as a model to have similar conversations.
Welcome to Kasey`s Kitchen. Do you have a reservation?
Yes, the name is Johnson, Paul.
Ah, yes, here you are. That was a party for one, correct?
Right this way. Here`s the menu. I`ll return in a moment to take your order.
Yes, I`ll have the T-bone steak.
How would you like that cooked?
You have a choice of potatoes- French fried, mashed, or baked.
Would you like that with butter or sour cream or both?
I`m on a diet, so only butter.
The vegetables today are corn on the cob, peas and carrots, or broccoli.
I`ll take the corn on the cob.
And what would you like for dessert?
We have apple, cherry, and lemon meringue pie, chocolate and vanilla cake, peachcobbler, and chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry ice cream.
I`ll take the cherry pie, a la mode, please.
Would you care for something to drink?
I`ll take a large ice tea with my meal and a cup of black coffee with dessert.
Very good sir. Enjoy you meal.
Ordering Food in a Restaurant:
One of the most important tasks in English is ordering food when you go to a restaurant. Thereare basic forms and questions, as well food vocabulary that you can use in places where peoplespeak English.
Yes, I'd like to have some lunch.
Yes, I'd like a bowl of chicken soup, please.
And what would you like for a main course? /
I'd like a grilled cheese sandwich.
Would you like anything to drink? /
Yes, I'd like a glass of Coke, please.
Waiter… After Kim has her lunch.:
Can I bring you anything else?
I don't have my glasses. How much is the lunch?
Here you are. Thank you very much.
You're welcome. Have a good day.