|Subject: Re: Tips for Dining on a Budget in Europe|
I like your money saving approach and your health
consciousness. In Europe, my husband and I occasionally share a main
dish using an unobtrusive method. For example: when my main dish
husband is halfway through, he passes his plate over to me. My empty
appetizer plate goes to him. This method does not require a waiter,
extra plates, permission, or an explanation.
Dining out in Europe comes with customary assumptions and although I am a newcomer to European travel, here are my observations:
· In many European countries, main-dish portions are huge.
· Dining out is an activity/entertainment in itself and you are supposed to take all the time you need.
· Your table is yours for the afternoon or the evening. No one will attempt to give you a reckoning or a bill, unless you ask for it directly.
· In Germany, you must find your own table. Waiters think it is presumptuous to direct diners to a particular table (you may be joining friends at their table, etc). Obviously, if you look confused, they will help you.
· If it is crowded, you may share a table with others (people expect it). Once you try it, you'll like it.
Do other travelziners have meal sharing strategies, budget restaurant dining tips, or observations? Jane (in Germany)