In the modern times people don’t have time to experiment with different dishes or cook elaborate meals. This is why they visit restaurants where they enjoy delicious dishes just by paying a certain amount of money. The bill for the food can be prepaid as well as postpaid. The foods that are served in a restaurant can be eaten in the premise of the restaurant itself or the food can also be taken out for eating at workplaces or at home. Nowadays home delivery services are also availed by these restaurants. One can come across a variety of restaurants serving different cuisines depending on the taste of the people. Different restaurants charge different prices depending on the choice of food, the ambiance and service.
The concept of a restaurant is not something that is new. The initial restaurants were in the form of small roadside inns and pubs. They were basically intended for travelers who traveled long distances and then needed a place to eat and rest. Thereafter the concept of a modern restaurant first emerged in France, where particular kinds of dishes were ordered by customers after viewing the menu card. The restaurant is a French term and the person owning it is known as a restaurateur. People known as chefs are those who are hired to cook in restaurants and have the required expertise in their own field of cooking.
Restaurants range from simple small and cozy ones to luxurious ones which also serve expensive dishes and wines in an official setting. In some restaurants customers need to dress up formally while in some other restaurants people can dress up casually. There are some restaurant etiquette which one needs to follow, like speaking slowly and softly, not running around the floor, sitting with napkins placed in the lap etc.
There are two kinds of eating facilities that are usually allowed in restaurants – the sit and eat, and the buffet. In the restaurants that allow the former option, customers come in, ask for the food, eat when the food is served and then they pay the bill and leave. In the restaurants that allow the latter option people need to take their own food, pay the bill and occupy your seat.