A TOAST, a clink of champagne glasses, and a “bon appetit” at a high-end restaurant – nothing could be classier, right?
Actually, wrong. Etiquette coach Myka Meier reveals to The Sun that there are common mistakes you might be making at restaurants that could make you look unsophisticated – but luckily, they’re easy to fix.
What’s a “cheers!” without the glass clink?
Classier, it turns out, if you’re at a fine dining establishment.
“Avoid the embarrassing mistake of clinking fine glassware or crystal champagne flutes provided at a high-end restaurant, where an overzealous cheer may easily chip the glass,” says Meier, who trained under a former member of the Queen’s royal household.
“Instead, simply raise a glass to your dining companions, make eye contact, and then drink.”
SAYING “BON APPETIT”
Another faux pas? Saying “bon appetit” before digging into your dish.
“While this age-old restaurant signal for one to tell their guests to begin the meal may seem commonplace, it’s actually incorrect in French to say this before eating,” Meier explains.
“It actually implies for one to have good digestion,” she says.
“Instead, simply saying ‘please enjoy’ to your guests if you are the host at a restaurant is suggested.”