Dining in France
- Categories of Restaurant
- Sandwiches, salads and cooked dishes
- Gastronomic restaurants
- More elaborate dishes.For further information, the guide to gastronomic restaurants
- Traditional regional cuisine
- Based on the specialties of a region (Brittany, Dordogne, Corsica, Alsace, etc.)
- Fast food
- Self-service restaurants for basic catering. Cafeterias for traditional cooking. .
- Wine bars
- Wine is at the heart of the meal.
- Foreign cuisine restaurants
- Many Indian restaurants, also Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Moroccan, etc.
- Rules For Eating Out
- The prices displayed in restaurants and cafés are shown with taxes and service included. A tip is not compulsory, but people often leave change on the table after paying the bill (about 5% of the bill).
|Economy Meal||from 10 EUR|
|Medium Price Meal||from 15 to 30 EUR|
|Good Quality Meal||more than 30 EUR|
- Food Specialties
- France is one of the countries where the cuisine has a lot of variety. With dishes such as: tournedos; rib steak with béarnaise sauce served with green kidney beans or pommes dauphines; meat on skewers; blanquette of veal; etc. Near the sea, fish and sea food such as mussels, cockles and shrimp are offered. Alsace and Lorraine are the regions where you find sauerkraut, kugelhof, quiche Lorraine and tarte flambée. Lyon, the biggest city in the Rhône valley, is the heart of French cuisine. One of the region's specialties is pike quenelles. There are 365 sorts of cheeses; for example, Camembert, Brie, Roquefort, Reblochon and the blues of Auvergne and Bresse.
- In France, wine is the alcoholic drink people drink most: Champagne, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Côtes de Provence, Côtes du Rhône and wines of the Loire region, etc. Many aperitifs and liqueurs are also drinken: Pastis, Pineau, Muscat, Chartreuse, fruit liqueurs, brandies, etc.
- Dietary Restrictions
- There are no dietary restrictions in the country
- Table Manners
- Table manners are Continental. Before starting, you wish everyone "bon appétit" ("enjoy your meal"). If ou are invited to dinner with a French family, wait to be shown your place before sitting down.
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