At the restaurant and hotel
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Sometimes when we celebrate a special occasion of if we want to have dinner with our friends of family but don’t want to make it ourselves, we go to a restaurant.
When we come in, the waiter (-ess) greets us very politely: „Good evening, madam, good evening, sir“ and bring us the menu. There we can choose either from the set menu or á la carte. The set menu comprises a number of dishes at a fixed price, while if we eat á la carte, we choose a dish and pay its particular price.
We usually begin with a starter: a fruit salad, a soup. Then we choose the main dish. We can either have chicken and rice, toast and potatoes (boiled, roast or mashed), lamb or pork chops and potatoes of fish and chops. In the Czech republic we also eat roast sirloin and dumpling or Vienna schnitzel and potato salad. Our national meal is pork, dumplings and sauerkraut. After the main dish we choose some dessert: a trifle or an ice cream, a cake or a pancake. We drink tea of coffee with it.
When we have finished the meal, we ask the waiter for the bill and pay for it. We mainly leave a tip for him and go away.
When you arrived at a hotel, you go first to the reception desk. It is advisable to make a reservation in advance. If the reservation has not been done, there are two possibilities: either the hotel has no vacancy and you must try your luck at another one, or you can get a room without a reservation.
If you can stay, the receptionist writes your name down in his register, you give the length of your stay and sign the guest book, get your key and go up to your room. It’s usually a single or a double room, with a bath or with a shower. In a very good hotels you can find a color TV in every room, a private car-park, 24-hour room service, a night club.
When you go out, you’ll leave your key with the reception clerk. On moving out of the hotel you ask for the bill, pay and check out. If the service was good and efficient, you’ll give the reception clerk a tip.