The Art of Dining Out

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Tipping in not a city in China

That's a cool quote I saw at a nice little ice cream shop on 17th ave called Forbidden Flavours.

In general 15% tip for servers.
10% in chinatown.
If service is good, I generally give 20%+. Especially if I frequent a restaurant often. The more you tip the more they remember you and give you better service the next time. Condition your servers! :) Also remember, when you food is messed up it may not be your servers fault.

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How to order

Close your menu and sput it near the edge of the table. The server should know you are ready. If you keep flipping they may think you haven't decided yet.

Don't know what to order?

When you are at a new restaurant it is often wise to ask what is good, or what most people order. Another trick is to simply look at what other people are ordering. I usually like to order something new and something safe(that I've tried and know is yummy). Sometimes the menu is marked with favorites as well

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Make reservations!

Make reservations if you are going to a good restaurant. Especially on the weekend or if you have a large group. What's up with those new restaurants that don't take reservations (like olive garden, or Joey Tomatoes at Chinook). That's stupid.

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Know Your Sauce

It is important that you know what sauce goes with what food. If you are ever serves say an appetizer dish with several sauces and you don't know what each is for, be certain to ask your server! Or look around and see what others are doing.

Simple things likes squeezing the lime into your Viet "Pho" or using hotsauce and Hosein sauce for your "salad rolls" or adding fish sauce to your "bun", can make or break the tastiness of your Viet dish.
Sushi tastes very different depending on how much wasabi you use.

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