Before the beginning of the 21st century, in European restaurants, all the dishes were served on the table at the same time, and this system was called service à la française. Nowadays, modern service is called service à la russe and it means that the dishes are served gradually. The Russian Ambassador, Alexander Kurakin, is credited with bringing service à la russe to France. Today, this principle is accepted all around the world and there are many other rules that the owners, and even the patrons, of restaurants follow. Following these rules can help you enjoy the food more and leave looking like a good guest (and maybe even save some money).
We have made a small list of almost unnoticeable, but very popular mistakes we make in restaurants.
Ignoring the rules of the fork and knife
Before you go to a restaurant, it is better to remember the rules of using a fork and a knife that will signal to your waiter what they need to do with your dish. And this is not only a matter of politeness: this way, your table won’t have any useless things on it, or, the opposite, everything will remain exactly as it is while you step away for a moment.
Besides, by placing a fork and a knife in a certain way, you tell the kitchen workers how much you like a certain dish. The thing is, there is a chance that you will accidentally offend the chef if, for example, you insert the knife blade in between the fork tines and place them crisscrossed. These are signs that the food was not tasty.
Not using the soy sauce and ginger correctly
Most people are used to putting the entire piece of food in the soy sauce. However, the Japanese themselves do it in a different way: they pour enough sauce for it to cover the bottom and they only slightly touch it with their sushi. This salty sauce has a very distinct taste that doesn’t let you enjoy the food itself if you use the sauce wrong.
Ginger that is traditionally served during any Japanese meal is not used as a spice for sushi or rolls. It is used in order to help you differentiate the taste of 2 and more dishes: ginger helps to clean the taste receptors between foods.
And about the wasabi, you also shouldn’t eat too much of it. In good national restaurants, it is added in small portions during the cooking process in order to help you distinguish the ingredients.