5 rules of din­ing eti­quette

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Variety - AB­HI­NAV VERMA

Eti­quette af­fects ev­ery as­pect of din­ing. Your din­ing man­ners leave a last­ing im­pres­sion ev­ery­where you go. So here are a few eti­quette rules for you to en­sure that you al­ways leave a last­ing im­pres­sion.

1Don’t put your cell phone, your wal­let or your keys on the ta­ble. A vi­brat­ing phone is a dis­trac­tion for you and the waiter. The din­ing ta­ble is a space for the food to be served. Hence, it should not be clut­tered by your keys or your wal­let.

2Know where to place your nap­kin. If you are with the host, then wait for the host to place the nap­kin in his/her lap be­fore you be­gin to start eat­ing. Re­mem­ber, nap­kin goes on your chair seat if your go­ing to the wash­room. And when you are fin­ished with the meal, place the nap­kin on the left side of the plate, not folded, but neatly placed.

3Never place your cut­lery by the side of your plate when you’re done eat­ing. This can be con­sid­ered rude man­ners. Rather, place the knife and fork to­gether at the 10:20 po­si­tion on the plate.

4Never yell at your waiter. Some­times you want your waiter’s at­ten­tion quickly and you end up yelling. Rather, try to make eye con­tact with the waiter. If that doesn’t work, raise your right hand up with your in­dex fin­ger raised slightly to get their at­ten­tion.

5 Last but not the least, re­mem­ber your ta­ble man­ners. Al­ways wipe your fin­gers and mouth with the nap­kin. Bread and but­ter should be on your plate, never mid-air.

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