At the restaurant

Written by TONCU TUCA.


SCHOOL: Scoala gimnaziala “Elena Cuza”-Piatra Neamt

DATE: 10 aprilie 2013


LEVEL: Intermediate

TYPE OF LESSON: At the restaurant

METHODS: reading, conversation


1. What do you usually have for breakfast?

2. How many spoons of sugar do you take in your tea/coffee?

3. What do you generally have for dinner?

4. Which is your favourite dessert?

5. What do people usually drink with the main meal?

6. On what occasion do people eat out?

         b) READ THE TEXT   (technique –role play)

Waiter: Good evening!

   Tom: Good evening, a table for three, please.

   Waiter: Yes, of course. Would you follow me, please?

   Tom: Can we see the menu?

   Waiter: Here you are. Can I take your order?

   Nick: First, I would like something to drink. A glass of mineral water, please.

   Jack: Just water for me , please.

   Tom: Can I see the beverage list?

   Waiter: Here you are!

   Tom: I`d like some mineral water.

   Waiter: Are you ready to order? What would you like to start with?

   Nick: We`ll have some baked potatoes with butter for a starter and for the main course, we would

             like the pork steak.

   Waiter: Good choice. The pork steak comes with three side dishes.

   Tom: What are those?

   Waiter: You have a choice of mixed vegetables, broccoli or salad.

                     (A few minutes later)

                  Was everything O.K?

   Nick: Excise me, this steak is rare , and I ordered it well-done.

   Waiter: I`m very sorry about that. I`ll make sure the chef will prepare it the way you like it. Will you

                 be having any dessert?

   Tom: What do you recommend?

   Waiter: Ice-cream served with whipped cream as topping.

   Jack: Can you have the bill, please?

   Nick: No, this is on me. The waiter was nice, so I must leave him a tip.


Exercise 1   (technique – pair work)


   Match the words in column A with the correct explanations in column B:

       A.                                                                    B.

1.waiter                           a. the leading and most skilled cook in a public kitchen;

2. side dish                     b. a quick dish that yoy have before the main course;

3.starter                          c. a list of the wine selections that a restaurant servers; list                       d. to include in a meal

5. chef                             e. a list of what you have served in a restaurant and how much you must pay                    

6. to come with                   for it;

7.order                              f. the main part of your meal;

8.main course                 g. meat cooked for a short period of time, so that it`s still raw (a way of

9.rare                                     cooking meat);

10.well-done                     h. a meal that a customer has asked for;

11.bill                                 i. fully cooked (a way of cooking meat);

                                           j. a small amount of food that you can serve with your main dish;

                                            k. a man who serves food and drinks in a restaurant.


Exercise 2 (technique – pair work)


   Fill in the following conversation with an appropriate word or phrase from the exercise above:

  1. a.“Are you ready to……….., sir?”

“Not really. What do you recommend?”

  1. b.“Would you like anything else?”

“No, thanks. Could I have the………?”

  1. c.“What do you like about this restaurant?”

“It`s the……… He is among the most famous in Europe.”

  1. d.“What would you like for the ……..course?”

“I`ll have spaghetti.”

  1. e.“Would you like soup as a ……….?”

“Yes, please.”

  1. f.“The ……….. is so slow. We have been waiting for half an hour.”

“He doesn`t deserve any tip.”

  1. g.“How would you like your steak?”

“I`d like it………………. done.”

Exercise 3


   Say whether the following statements are true (T) or false (F) :

  1. 1.Fruit and vegetables are very bad for your health.
  2. 2.Ice-cream is an ideal starter for your meal.
  3. 3.Bread and cakes are food that make you lose weight.
  4. 4.Fast food is high in calories.
  5. 5.Fish and chips is a traditional British food.
  6. 6.If you like your steak well-done, you leave it in the oven for short time.

         Exercise 4 (technique - group work)


             Give the opposite:

  1. 1.Soft drink;
  2. 2.Strong tea ;
  3. 3.Thick soup ;
  4. 4.Fat meat;
  5. 5.Black coffee;
  6. 6.Iced coffee;
  7. 7.Dry wine;
  8. 8.White wine;
  9. 9.Stale bread ;
  10. 10.White bread;
  11. 11.Hand-boiled eggs;
  12. 12.Underdone steak.

         Exercise 5 (technique – pair work)


             Express these in one world:

  1. 1.breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner;
  2. 2.soup, meat and vegetables, dessert;
  3. 3.tea, coffee, wine, beer;
  4. 4.beef, veal, mutton, lamb;
  5. 5.sole, trout, salmon;
  6. 6.chicken, duck, geese;
  7. 7.cabbage, carrots, peas, beans;
  8. 8.cake, tart, ice-cream, pudding;
  9. 9.knives, forks, spoons;
  10. 10.pots, plates, cups.


Exercise 6 (technique – group work)



Discussion points- ask your deskmate:

  1. a)if she /he likes eating at home or at the restaurants;
  2. b)which is her favourite place of eating and why;
  3. c)if she/ he ever goes on picnic –how does she/ he prepare them;
  4. d)if she/ he lakes cooking;
  5. e)what her/ his favourite dish is;
  6. f)if she/ he likes fast food –and if yes, why it is so popular.

             Exercise 7 - evaluation


Look at the words below. Could you sort them into different categories such as?

  • food
  • kitchen tools
  • adjectives describing food
  • adjectives describing drinks
  • verbs about cooking


chop, slice, alcoholic, iced, dry, creamy, olives, parsley, cooker, scales, sausages, bacon, chopping, board, frozen, fry, delicious, black, smoked, sparking, bake, salty, mix, bitter, cook, toast, tin opener, sour, break, disgusting, boil, pork, napkin, beef, raw, non-alcoholic, corkscrew, fresh, microwave, sweet.