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Ordering Vegan in a Restaurant

Novembre 2021
Vuoi ordinare un pranzo vegano al ristorante? Ecco tutto il vocabolario necessario...

di Mariam Khan

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Waiter
Waiter
Client
Client

Speakers: Daniel Francis (British accent) and Sarah Davison (British accent)

Waiter:

Welcome! Table for two?

Client:

Well, before we decide to dine here, can you tell me if you serve any vegan dishes?

Waiter:

Of course! Let me show you the menu.

Client:

And I mean dishes other than salad. I always end up eating salad in restaurants.

Waiter:

Not to worry. As you can see,all the dishesmarked V are vegetarian.

Client:

But I’m vegan, not vegetarian. It’s not the same thing.

Waiter:

I know, but many of the vegetarian dishes can be adapted quite easily.

Client:

What, you mean by removing the eggs or dairy products or something like that?

Waiter:

Exactly! For instance, we can substitute the cheese for guacamole in our veggie burritos.

Client:

Oh, that actually sounds delicious. So yes, please, a table for two!

NOW LET’S REVIEW THE VOCABULARY!

When asking for a table in a restaurant, it is customary to state the number of diners, i.e., ‘a table for two’ (or four, or ten, etc). 

A dish is a particular preparation of food as part of a meal, for example, spaghetti bolognese. It can also mean a bowl or a plate.

A menu is the list of dishes available in a restaurant.

Other than’ means ‘except’ or ‘apart from’.

When you end up doing something, you finally find yourself in a particular situation.

‘Not to worry’ is an expression of reassurance. It’s the same as saying, “Don’t worry.”

Adapt’ is a synonym for ‘change’ or ‘modify’.

Using ‘What?’ by itself is a concise way of asking for clarification or more information.

Dairy products are products containing or made from milk.

For instance’ is the same as ‘for example’.

Veggie’ is a short colloquialism for ‘vegetarian’.

Actually’ can be used to emphasise that something is surprising.

Delicious’ means that something is pleasant to eat or smell. ‘Tasty’ and ‘yummy’ are colloquial synonyms.


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