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紳士入門-餐桌禮儀篇

英國人對食有種執著,不是執著如何造出驚天動地的黯然銷魂飯,而是著重一頓飯的禮儀、人與人之間的交流。想成為英國紳士,一餐飯、一杯酒、一隻叉也是你需要注意的細節。今次同大家傾傾餐桌禮儀,讓你也成為有品味有儀態的紳士。



1. 餐具的擺法有嚴格規定。雖然一般香港餐廳未必講究,但正式來說,吃魚、肉、甜品的刀叉分成三套,還多一隻湯羹。紅酒白酒清水分三隻杯。每款餐具的擺法和用法,可花上數篇文章來討論。簡單來說,牒左方放叉,右邊放刀。較大的用來吃主菜(魚或肉),較小的吃前菜;右邊還有湯匙,匙身較圓;牒上方放甜品餐具。用膳時要注意不要用錯餐具啊。



2. 用膳後,刀叉的擺放方法也是一種non-verbal的溝通方式。例如刀叉頭互相對著,造成90度角代表暫停用餐;刀叉豎起平放牒上代表用膳完了;而刀叉平行橫放在牒上代表該餐非常好吃。所謂「野可以亂食,餐具唔可以亂擺」。



3. 中國人的請客文化在英國也有。中式做法通常是在結帳時吵鬧一番,搶著要埋單。英國人比較文靜低調,通常是去洗手間的時候順便結帳的,這樣就能保持低調同時顯示心意。



4. 香港人流行相機食先,任你吃串魚蛋都要先影一輪。英國人則倒過來,用餐時使用電話是無禮表現,甚至隨身用品都不會放在桌上,例如錢包、鎖匙。好好和身邊的人享受眼前的美點,比起Candy Crush過關更重要吧!



5. 英國人對食材與餐飲的配撘也很講究,所以紅酒白酒清水都分三個杯。看電視電影常以紅酒配海鮮,以為是絕配,其實非也。你可以親身比較一下,紅酒配海鮮會令腥味更突出,反而白酒就可以提升海鮮的鮮味。所以,如果你的Main course是魚,白酒是較好的選擇;相反,如果你點了牛扒,紅酒就最適合不過。當然,如何配撘沒有絕對的答案,不過能夠反映出你的口味和追求。



你可能會問,為何英國人咁麻煩咁多餐桌禮儀?其實一餐晚飯的過程中包括了Primary, Secondary和Tertiary production,由準備食材,烹飪到端上牒都有悉心安排。適當的禮儀能反映出你的文化修養和內涵,也是對餐廳、廚師甚至侍應的尊重。 

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