Fine dining culture is on the rise. A few years back, fine dining was for those special nights on those special occasions that warranted a ‘fancy’ experience. Indeed, fine dining was and is ‘fancy’. Surrounded by a shroud of suspicion and wariness, fine dining has sourced certain ‘myths’ about its characteristics such as- fine dining is only for special occasions or it’s too expensive for the young hardworking professional. But having said that it’s quite unfair to put down rules of fine dining because an experience is not meant to have strict rules.
We stumbled upon many of these ‘rules’ that are supposedly set in stone.
“Always take small portions of food at a time and put your cutlery down between each mouthful. Do not pick up any cutlery that you drop to the floor. The pudding fork is used as a pusher only. You do not put a pudding fork in to your mouth. If, for some urgent reason, you must leave the table before you have finished, you should place your napkin on your seat. Never hold the glass for the server to pour your wine,” reads an impressive article on Rules of Fine Dine from ListVerse. And all this just to do with your forks, spoons and cutlery.
“When you are seated at the table your feet should be firmly planted on the floor in front of you. Do not cross your legs, do not lean back on your chair, and do not shake your feet,” pleads the same article.
Another interesting piece on the same lines is from the Business Insider. “If a man is dining with clients — and especially clients from other countries which tend to be more formal — they should wear a jacket and a tie. Say phrases like, ‘Will you please bring my guest…’ or ‘My guest would like to order first’.The protocol is you have to keep your wine even if you don’t like it because they opened the bottle for you,” orders this one on 15 Etiquette Rules For Dining At Fancy Restaurants.
Yes, we know, you’re raising your eyebrows at us in suspicion – or maybe in incredulity.
What we also know is that we’re making a bold move in challenging these misconceptions. At the end of the day, fine dining is not just about the food you eat but also the whole experience that goes into the food. Fine dining is meant to be enjoyed, appreciated, not dreaded. The unfair tag of a rigid establishment with too many rules should not be attached to a dining experience that offers food lovers so many delights for the palate – delights that food lovers will miss out on due to the hassle they believe is attached to a fine dining experience.
We feel that fine dining as a culture is definitely changing for the fast paced, hard-to-please, Instagram-ming, foodie of today. We foresee the beginning of a fine dining revolution. Do you?