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Learning the vocabulary for a basic restaurant menu

What will I learn from the lesson on a restaurant menu?

 Below is a basic menu you could find in a restaurant in the UK. The lesson is bested used with the exercise listed near the bottom of the page.

The 3 main parts to the River Cottage  menu explained.

Starters are the first course of a meal also known as an appetizer.

Main meal A main course is the featured or primary dish in a meal.

Dessert is the sweet course eaten at the end of a meal is also known as a sweet or pudding

 Menu for the River Cottage restaurant



Tomato Soup

A delicate creamy soup

Smoked Cod

Slices of cod served with brown bread and butter


Pan Fried or Grilled Calamari


Scallopine Di Vittelo La Caverna

Veal with fresh mushrooms and roasted peppers with a touch of cream


Roasted Atlantic Salmon

Pan roasted salmon witch artichoke hearts, asparagus and plum tomatoes in a white wine sauce


Chicken Grana

Dipped in parmigiano, sautéed in lemon and wine sauce


Chocolate Mousse Cake Carrot Cake

Ricotta Cheese Cake



Wide selection of teas and ground coffees Freshly-squeezed orange juice Variety of beers


White wines

Chardonnay, 2002, Napa Valley

Sauvignon Blanc, 2003, Santa Ynez


Red Wines

Merlot, 2002, Central Coast

Cabernet Sauvignon, 1998, Napa


vocabulary for a basic menu

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