Top 5 Fine Dining Tips As A Sophisticated Diner!

So to put in simple, fine dining is an art. A complicated art that you can however master over the course of time. Of course there are several things that you need pay attention to. That includes every move you make, hand movement, the way you eat, even down to the “tool” (which is your cutlery since we’re talking about fine dining) and how you use it.

That said, but once you get used to it, it became more of a lifestyle and habit. During a fine dining, there are rules and regulation that you need to follow, or you’ll risk being labeled as barbaric or rude.

We sure want to avoid that don’t we? Hence, here are the 5 key fine dining tips that you should follow to be a sophisticated diner!

                                        Restaurant View_1

No. 1 Your Tools

When it comes to fine dining; best experience click HERE, your tools such as the spoons, forks, and knives plays a very important role in fine dining. To do it right, your fork must always be on your left hand and the knife on your right. As for the spoon, it must always be on the right hand. Between every bite, the knife and fork must always be placed back on the plate. Never keep them holding in your hands. Once you’re done, cross over your fork and knife and face it down on the plate. This is also to show that you’re resting.

cutlery_1

Fig 1: I’m Resting Position

Oh and yes, if you happen to drop your cutleries (don’t panic it happens all the time), let them stay on the floor, they will be replaced soon by your waiter/waitress.

 

No. 2 Your Soup

soup

Soup, being an essential part of the meal; many people get soup etiquette wrong. When you are enjoying you soup, the bowl should never move when you drink it. Correspondingly, dip your spoon at the center of the bowl, and slowly scoop it towards the opposite end of the bowl (like scooping out). Then, one important thing is that, the spoon shall never enter your mouth completely (that would be a very awkward scene to see). You should place your lips at the edge of the spoon and drink in slowly, never making any sound or noise while enjoying you soup.

 

No. 3 Your Wine

55Hwine

Wine as we know, is also an essential part of fine dining. It places an important part in every fine dining but there is also some certain knowledge on how to match the wine to your food. To know more about wine matching click HERE.

During a toast, you should never click your glass with anyone, for that is an impolite thing to do. You should just raise you glass and join the toast. Stand up when a toast is being made, unless the toast is raised for you. Sip your wine bit by bit and sporadically, because the last thing you want to do is drink too much and become drunk during fine dining. So what is the waiter/waitresses did not refill your glass? You have to control you urge to hold up your glass to ask for more. Also, never hold the glass for the waiter/waitresses when they pour you your wine.

 

No. 4 Your Etiquette

idealightbulb

The dining begins only when everybody at the table is served. It is important that you never start your meal before the others. When you eat, take small bites and chew without opening your mouth. Just like when you’re drinking soup, never make any noises and sound when you have food in your mouth.

If your food have small stones, bones or anything inedible, kindly remove them using your thumb and forefinger from your mouth. Toothpick can only be used after you get up from the table, not while during the meal. However, if something is stuck deep between your teeth and you’re feeling uncomfortable with it. Just excuse yourself to the washroom and try to remove it.

 

No. 5 Your Conversations

coversation

During fine dining, conversation should never be loud. Also, depending on who you’re with, controversial topics such as politics, religion and faith shall never be brought up. Never start a negative conversation such as criticizing others, complaining, and also never make one person the topic of your conversation.

Why so? It’s all about table manners, having negative and controversial topic may ruin one’s mood to enjoy the meal, and dining with another person meaning you need to focus your attention on that person, not on others. Best way of having a fine dining is to have light hearted stress free conversation to get the best out of your fine dining experience.

To master fine dining etiquette takes time, however once you succeed in learning how to do it; complicated etiquette become an essential part of your personality.

Bon Appétit!

For those who are interested in booking any other fine dining restaurant, you can go to http://www.tableapp.com/ . We have more than 100 fine dining restaurants, why not have a look?

Disclaimer: TableApp claims no credit for any images posted in this blog/article unless otherwise noted. Images on this blog/article are copyright to its respectful owners. 

Conversation Tips during Fine Dining

As mentioned on our previous article, there are topics that can never be brought up during a fine dining session. So what topic is suitable and what is not suitable during a fine dining session? Here’s a useful list of table topic that you can refer to, till the end of the day, a pleasant conversation is the main ingredient to enhance the whole dining conversation.

Delightful Topics

111H_副本

The ideal topics on the table are the ones that isn’t controversial (unless everyone there is a professional debater then feel free to go ahead), so try to have some delightful topics that keeps your dining experience pleasant. However, if you are unsure of other people’s acceptance on certain topics, try not to bring up anything that might cause someone to lose their appetite.

Conversation is a two way thing, most people enjoy sharing their stories and also hearing about yours. So don’t be a brute that doesn’t shut up. Try to spend more time listening than talking and have a pleasant back-and-forth conversation.

Food

9213456041_7c737ba2ea_z

Well of course! You are in a restaurant, there’s menu, other people eating food, it’s basically food topic everywhere. It would be talent if you can run out of topic on food in a restaurant, if you know what I mean. It’s always good to discuss what you like about the food that you’re eating and if your partner is having the same thing, you can always comment and give in some thought on that. You can also recommend similar food from other restaurant for a different experience, impress them with your extensive knowledge of restaurant.(Psst, we can help.)

Music

79H_副本

Music is generally a very safe topic at the table, you can also share your opinion on the latest hits, favorite artist, music video and etc. Besides, music are expressive, you can actually know more about a person through their taste of music. Plus point is, the conversation will be enhanced if you and your partner enjoy the same genre of music.

Fashion

137H_副本

Fashion can be ranging from what you and your partner are wearing, to celebrities and high socialite’s current trend. To put it simple, fashion topic can be very wide and almost endless, from top, bottom, jewelry, hairstyle, shoes, and many more. Then again, find something nice to say instead of criticizing other’s fashion, and you might even learn some fashion tips along the conversation.


Unpleasant Topics

55H_副本

One surefire way to ruin a fine dining experience is to start a negative controversial conversation. Even if you really want to start a conversation like that, the table is not the right place to do it. Negativity can actually ruin one’s appetite and that is the last thing you want to do during a meal. There is always a right place for the right thing, bar sounds like a good spot for debate, but definitely not in a fine dining restaurant.

Never sound too cocky without giving others a chance to express their opinion, 5 + 3 and 4 + 4 is also equals to 8, there’re always more than one way to do something. You don’t want to give other an impression of being arrogant; it will transform into a one sided conversation that way.

Never try to correct another person, if you think that his/her statement is incorrect, feel free to express your point of view. However, if the other person starts arguing, simply smile and change the topic.

Bragging is definitely a no-go. There is a fine thin line between being proud of your achievement and bragging, be aware of that. If you have some great idea or opinion on something, be sure to give others credit on that. Most important of all, bragging always lead to the game of one-upmanship that in the end, the only prize is a ruined dinner.

When it comes to humor, don’t be too sarcastic or make fun of others even if he/she is not around, you’ll never know if anyone there know that person or worse, they are related. In addition, if any party makes a comment that are controversial, instead of being defensive (Pro Tip: this is how debate started every single time), change the subject to avoid the conflict, and most of the time people will take the hint.

Medical Conditions

128H_副本

Basically any medical conditions is forbidden at the table, especially the ones that involves body fluids (gross!); who’s going to have any more appetites with that. Of course it’s a different story if the table consist of medical professionals such as doctors and nurses that have seen it as a common thing, its best that you leave that conversation for next time. 

Age

5825871567_4d477202ce_z

ESPECIALLY with women, this topic is untouchable, don’t say I never warn you. People may consider you as an insensitive person if you start this conversation. Maybe you are proud that how your appearance is too young for your age, but the person sitting on the same table might be very sensitive about this topic (ESPECIALLY WOMEN). So don’t start asking about other’s age or any topic about getting old.

Politics

115H_副本

Supporter or Opposition? Left Wing or Right Wing? If the dinner is being held in honor of a political candidate or it’s for any political reason, then it’s a green light to discuss about this matter. Politics is a sensitive issues that may lead to an argument for various reason, so it’s best to leave this conversation off the dining table, if you insist of talking about it, you can always bring it to the BAR

Religion

public-domain-images-free-stock-photos-down-town-chicago-blue-sky-1-1000x666_副本

Religion is topic so sensitive, that people are willing to start a war because of it. Not joking, Google it up. Even when you are off dining table, it’s a must for us to respect other religion; plus, it's not even a great conversation starter. If your partner offers a prayer before the meal, be respectful and follow the lead even if you’re of a different religion. You may say your own prayer privately but you don’t have to call attention to it. Respect, easy right?


Borderline Topics

5695196028_18c3d98733_z

When dining with others, it is highly recommended that you know what the others limits are. For the reason that, there are always some things that can be accepted in certain groups but not in the others. For instance, when you are dining with your best buddy for 20 years, I’m sure there is no taboo among each other anymore, but with business partner? I don’t think so. So pay attention to detail and use your judgment to define the appropriateness of the conversation topic with your partner.

Competitive Sports

public-domain-images-archive-high-quality-resolution-free-download-splitshire-0008-1000x666_副本

Well, it can be exciting and fun to have a favorite team and show some team spirit on the choice of your sport, but if your partner is not interested in sport or even worst, supports the opposite team, then an arguments are bound to happen.

Job Related Stuff

8864977481_713b7cbda5_z

Gossips, success story, idolization, bad treatment, and workplace drama; some can be entertaining, some can be depressing, it’s all depends on how you express your thoughts and feel about the topic. Plus, it's dining time, why would you still bother about work, enjoy your meal! 

Current Events

103H_副本

Depending on the current events, it may be good, or bad. So the conversation flow might be driven into an uncertain way if it’s not handled properly. For instance, discussion of gruesome events or anything racial will reflects negativity during the mealtime.

Economy & Money

Money can be a sensitive issue for some people, well, even when most of the people can empathize about the price of everything, it’s never a polite thing to ask how much someone paid for something, their salary, their financial status or anything related. In short, just don’t touch on anything that is personal, it may be offensive for some people. 

Disclaimer: TableApp claims no credit for any images posted in this blog/article unless otherwise noted. Images on this blog/article are copyright to its respectful owners. 

Choosing wine at the restaurant….like a real conoisseur !

May it be in couples’ lives, in clothing, or in a job interview, everything is about matching things together.
Wine is no exception, it’s even one of the fields where matching matters the most. While a good match between meal and wine can create delicious flavours, a mismatch would turn the value added of the wine into a dreadful experience. A mismatched wine can overemphasize or overwhelm some of the food’s taste, but it can also create a new unpleasant taste.
But do not worry, TableApp team is here to teach you the basics of matching !


Red wine: Strong taste for meat and cheese.

Due to its strong taste and its astringency (red are normally very tannic wines), red wine cannot be drunk with every meal. Although through all the spectrum of red wines some can be suitable for seafood due to their light taste, red wine is generally drunk with strong tasting meals.THE perfect match

Therefore, when ordering red meat, chicken or with cheese, order red wine as a side drink.

Depending on the location of the wine producer and the year, the wine will taste different, and you should associate it with food accordingly.

If you want to drink white wine, find another dish, as the white wine would seem tasteless after cheese or meat in sauce dishes.

Tip: Cheese go perfectly well with French Gamay


White wine: Oysters, Foie Gras and Desserts
 
White wine, although the range of wines belonging to this family is extremely large, is generally of a less astringent, more acid taste, and suits well dishes that require a fine palate such as seafood and fish. When a red wine would overwhelm the food taste, white wine generally suits it perfectly.

White wineThe taste of white wine can differ significantly according to its percentage of sugar: A dry (“sec” in French) wine is very low in sugar (this is the type people commonly refer to when speaking of white wine), and gets along well with fresh oysters while a so-called soft (“moelleux”) wine is generally consumed at the aperitif, before the dinner starts, with foie gras and fig jam toasts for instance.

White wine can be ordered with any dessert, but it should not be too sugary.

Tip: For a more distinguished drink with fresh oysters, brut Champagne can replace the dry white wine.


Rosé: Aperitif with friends

Rosé is the kind of wine that is not generally considered suitable for a “real” dinner. Rosé (the name comes from its rosy colour) is supposed to be drunk when having some pre-dinner snacks (the so called French aperitif) with friends.
Although sophisticated Rosé do exist, Rosé is thus generally meant to be a casual beverage. Please pay attention that genuine rosé must be made out of red grapes, and not out of a blend of white and red wine.

Tip: Unlike Red but like White, Rosé is better drunk very cold (7 to 12°C)!


The basic know-how of wine-meal matching is a very important part of the Latin food culture, and is notoriously unavoidable in Italian, Spanish and French cuisines. For sure, avoiding the mismatch mistake is very important, but the foremost expert is still the sommelier, so do ask for his recommendations while making your order.  


Bon Appétit !

Restaurants with birthday deals to enjoy during November!

Here's a list of restaurants that is giving out promotion to all the customers who's having their birthday on November! With just a simple reservation made at TABLEAPP and dine in at the restaurant, you will get to enjoy the birthday deals!! For more detailed information please visit the birthday promotion page.

cover-renoma-2013052201

Renoma Cafe Gallery

  • Get Moet Chandon Champagne at RM 230
  • Free RM 50 Cash Voucher
  • Free Dessert​
cover-enak-kl-starhill

Enak KL 

  • Free a non-alcoholic sparkling wine.
cover-chicago-1u

Chicago Rib House @ 1 Utama

  • Free a Brownie Dessert
cover-chicago-1u

Chicago Rib House @ Gurney Plaza

  • Free a Brownie Dessert​
cover-chicago-1u

Chicago Rib House @ Leisure Mall

  • Free a Brownie Dessert

 

cover-aria-plaza-damansara

Aria Italian Dining

  • 40% Off on a la carte menu or FREE a cake (Cake size depends on pax)
cover-zest-201305221501

Zest

  • Free a Cake
cover-midori-201305231701

Midori Japanese Restaurant

  • Free a cake    
cover-shook-starhill

Shook!

  • Free a cake
cover-summer-201305231601

Summer Palace Chinese Restaurant

  • Free a cake
cover-tuscany-201305231801

Tuscany Italian Restaurant & Pizza Bar

  • Free a cake
cover-daidomon-ampang

Daidomon Japanese BBQ

  • Free a Dinner Buffet
cover-pak-loh-chiu-chow-starhill

Pak Loh Chiu Chow

  • Free a cake
cover-fishermancove-starhill

Fisherman's Cove

  • Free a cake
cover-luk-yu-tea-house-starhill Luk Yu Tea House

  • Free a cake

Want to make a reservation? visit us at TABLEAPP now!

alternatively, you could also use your phone and make a reservation just by downloading our app:

btn_appstore btn_googleplay

Find out any problem with TABLEAPP? 3 steps to give your feedback to us

TABLEAPP.com aims to provide you good service to ensure you have a good time at your favorite restaurant conveniently. The phrase "Customer knows best" may have an ounce of truth in it, so we want to hear from you. Whether it is a complaint or your comments about our service, you can easily do so with the click of a mouse. To do that,

1. Check out the "Feedback & Support"

Look out for the 'Feedback & Support' bar on the right of the page, as indicated by the blue arrow (pic). Click on it, and it will popout a feedback form.

 

2. Select the "Contact support" when you found any problem.

If you had found some problem on TABLEAPP.com, select the "Contacct support" tab on the top of the form. Fill in the boxes accordingly and click  'Send message'  at the bottom and your message will deliver to us.

Contact support

 

3. Select the "Give Feedback" tab to provide your suggestion and feedback.

If you want to share your feedback/suggestion with TABLEAPP.com, select the "Give Feedback" tab on the top of the form. Fill in the boxes accordingly and click  'Post Idea'  at the bottom and your message will deliver to us.

give feedback

It's that easy to get in touch with us! Alternatively, if you prefer to stick to the good ol' traditional way of electronic communication, send us an email to info@tableapp.com. We hope to hear from you soon!

(Feedback solution is provided by uservoice)

Enjoy discounts on Sri Lankan cuisine with TABLEAPP.

ALIYAA's Signature Sri Lankan Colombo Style Crab

Knowing how hard it is to find authentic traditional food, TABLEAPP has teamed up with ALIYAA, a must-try place for Sri Lankan cuisine to offer you great food at bargain prices. For a limited time only, you can purchase vouchers from TABLEAPP to enjoy food at the restaurant at a discounted rate. 

Deserving special mention is the Colombo Style Crab, which is a specialty of the restaurant. The rather large sized fresh crabs are flown straight from Sri Lanka and is said to among the best around. The crabs are cooked with black pepper and chilly, giving the dish a strong spricy flavor. A definite favorite for spice-lovers! When purchased with the voucher, you get 1kg of crabby goodness at only RM96 – that is a discount of RM45.90!

If crabs aren't your kind of thing, there are plenty of other dishes waiting to be discovered. From the String Hoppers Kothu to the Lumprais, ALIYAA offers an abundance of choices, giving you a taste of Sri Lanka without having to leave the country!

String Hoppers Kothu: Sri Lankan specialty prepared from spaghetti-like strings of unprocessed brown rice flour dough squeezed through a sieve onto small oven trays which are steamed to perfection!
String Hoppers Kothu: Sri Lankan specialty prepared from spaghetti-like strings of unprocessed brown rice flour dough squeezed through a sieve onto small oven trays which are steamed to perfection!

Lumprais:  rice with fried egg, roasted cashew nuts, vegetables and a deviled dish in banana leaf.
Lumprais: rice with fried egg, roasted cashew nuts, vegetables and a deviled dish in banana leaf.

For a limited time only, you can purchase a RM100 cash voucher for all food and drinks at only RM80. These two offers are valid till October 31st 2013, so grab them now! For more information, check out the TABLEAPP Promotions page.

About ALIYAA 

Hailed as the only one authentic Sri Lankan Restaurant in Malaysia, ALIYAA Island Restaurant & Bar is ready to serve you some influence but with distinctive flavour Sri Lankan food. As featured in Tatler, The Star and Harper's Bazaar, the elegant restaurant is ready to serve you the must-try Signature Crab imported from Sri Lanka. ALIYAA Island Restaurant & Bar also serves Authentic Sri Lankan Dishes with choices of Mutton Paal Poriyal, Kiribath, Aliyaa Puttu and more.

Visit ALIYAA's profile 

This promotion is brought to you by TABLEAPP.

 

*All pictures taken from ALIYAA website. 

Get treated on your birthday! Introducing our birthday promotions page.

bday-promo-blog-banner

Nothing calls for more celebration than your birthday. We’re used to getting presents from family and friends, but did you know you could also get a treat from restaurants? Now you can, with TABLEAPP’s Birthday Dining Promotions.

To be eligible, you need to dine in at restaurants listed on the Birthday Promotions page. This page lists all the restaurants that provide birthday promotions, a description of each and their respective birth

Located on the top right of the page is the B’day Promo icon which allows you to download the app onto your device. You can use the app to book the restaurant of your choice.

bday_promo_page

As usual, the convenient round-the clock service, instant confirmation and ease of using the app comes together to make your birthday meal an unforgettable one! 

Check out the page here: http://www.tableapp.com/bdpromotion.

 

Restaurant recommendation is now easier than ever!!!

Let’s face it – we all love great food! Recommending places to eat is now easier with the ‘Restaurant Mail’ function on TABLEAPP. Your friends (or family) will be able to see your recommendation, read a description about it and best of all, make a reservation right away!

In order to do this, follow the steps below:

Step 1. Go to the restaurant profile. (in this guide, we will use Penang Village).

merchant_list

Step 2. Find the Restaurant Mail icon (show in figure) in the share on column. Click it and it will bring up a pop-out.

position_mail_icon

3. Enter the requested details, which include your recipient’s email and a message to him/her. Then click Send and your recipient will receieve an email with your recommendation.

Fill-in_detals

 

Alternatively, you can recommend places through social media like Facebook and Twitter. Simply click on the respective icons next to the Mail icon. Happy sharing!

To make a reservation via TABLEAPP, visit TABLEAPP.com or Download our app.

btn_appstore btn_googleplay

Want to earn money easily with your website or blog? Join TABLEAPP affiliate program now!

tableapp-affiliate-banner

TABLEAPP is announcing this new affiliate program where you can earn money by referring people to make reservation at our TABLEAPP online reservation website! With every reservation made by visitor you referred, you earn RM1. Isn't it easy? 

Here's a few easy steps to start earn more money with your website or blog! 

step1(1) Sign Up for an affiliate account

Register as a TABLEAPP affiliate member. After the registration, you will able to login to your account and track your account stat, traffic and commission earned. To sign up now, click here.

 

step2(2) Get your referral links

We will provide you your unique affiliate id and referral link. You can also generate a referral link to any specific restaurant in our merchant list.

 

step3(3) Earn your commission

Place you referral link on your website. Once a visitor clicks the referral link, you will earn commission every time when reservation made by the visitor within 30 days.

 

For more detailed info, please visit us at http://www.tableapp.com/affiliate. There is also a FAQ section over there! If you have more questions to ask you can also mail us at info@tableapp.com, we will reply you within a business day.