Dining etiquette of knife and fork in Western Restaurant

一. Placement Principles

1. Never put a used knife, fork or spoon on the table, because it is easy to dirty the tablecloth.

2. In view of the principle of safety, never put the knife in the direction of other people, the direction of the knife should be directed against themselves. This is the same reason that when we usually hand fruit knives to others, we should face the handle to others and the knife edge to ourselves.

3. The knife, fork or spoon should be all placed on the plate. One end of the cutlery should not be placed on the plate. The other end should be suspended or rested on the table, so that the cutlery can easily slide off.

4. In the way of putting forks and knives, the European way of putting forks and forks has always been pointed teeth down, while the American way is pointed teeth up.

二. Placement etiquette

1. Talking to Others

When you want to talk to the people around you, the European way is to put the handle of the knife in the direction of 4 o'clock and the handle of the fork in the direction of 8 o'clock. If there is enough space, it is better to place the sharp teeth of the fork on the blade of the knife. The American way is to place the knife on the right side of the plate, the fork near the knife, and the sharp teeth of the fork upward.

2. Suspension of meals

If you need to stop eating, place the knife and fork in the center of the plate in a V-shaped shape. The sharp teeth of the fork touch the blades of the knife. You can also place the knife on the top right of the plate and the fork in a nearby position (the tip of the fork is upward). Both of them are telling the waiter that you haven't finished eating and don't take away the dishes.

3. Finish a dish

When you finish a dish, place the knife and fork parallel on the right side of the plate. The handle of the knife and fork is in the direction of 4 o'clock, and the tip of the knife and fork is in the direction of 10 o'clock. Then place them completely at the bottom of the plate (which is not easy to slip). Note that the tip of the fork can be either up or down. This arrangement means that you have finished your meal and the waiter can come and collect the tableware.

In most Western restaurants, a new set of cutlery is usually exchanged for the next dish. Even if the waiter lets you eat a dish with the utensils you have already used, you can ask for a new set of utensils.

4. Food Evaluation

Some people will also comment on the service of the restaurant. At this time, the knife and fork also have a specific arrangement to tell the restaurant how you feel about your meal. If the knife and fork are laid parallel and horizontally, you are satisfied with the dining process. If the knife and fork are crossed in V shape and the knife point is upward, it means that you think the food or service in the restaurant is not good.