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Question on dining

What is the dining protocol on sharing meals? Is it frowned upon to order one meal for 2 people?

Posted by
3899 posts

I wouldn't suggest that there is a particular protocol or custom but if I were the owner of the establishment I would not be happy for a couple to occupy a table yet only order food for one. That table could easily be twice as lucrative if two people sat there and ordered a meal for two.

Posted by
2412 posts

it is not common but no harm in asking. I often share a Koleno with friends as it is such a large dish but we usually order several different dishes and then share all the food.Some of the mid -higher end restaurants will not be giving you portion that I would consider large enough to share.in the Hospodas (bars that serve food) you will find a good range of starters and a menu of food to have with beer, often called beer snacks on the menu and these are smaller dishes and usually large enough to satisfy the smaller appetite.
is there a particular reason you are asking this

Posted by
1163 posts

I would also ask but in my experience, in most of Europe portions are actually appropriate for one person.

Posted by
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Thanks, that was actually the question that I was asking, we have found that American portions are much too big and when traveling we do not want the left overs.

Posted by
1163 posts

@point... We also always share when in the US as the meals are just way too much for one person. We were in Nashville this past summer and shared 2 meals between 4 of us and still had left overs. Enjoy your trip!

Posted by
4843 posts

point, I dont know specifically about Czechia, but elsewhere, you cant assume that they will divide your order (as is common in the US), bring you another plate or cutlery if sharing. What you can do, is one of you order just a salad, for example, and the other a main dish, and share between yourselves. But I agree that usually portions are normal-sized over there.

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Stan the only way you get any vegetables with a meal in the Czech Republic is to order a salad.Apart from white or red cabbage ( that has been cooked for hours) you seldom get any vegetables ,in the more modern type places you might get a bit of garnish with a meal.When I am eating out with friends a salad is often ordered to share and there won't be any dressing with it ,a plate of roasted vegetables if available is also good to order.

Posted by
171 posts

Agree with Unclegus that a larger meal might even be expected to be shared but for smaller meals in Prague this is something that you do with pub food. The indicator is a place that has cutlery on the table in a tin container i.e. not nicely spaced on the table. In this case I'd be happy to go into that environment as a couple, get one main meal and a couple of extra sides. One of the sides would probably what my wife felt for i.e. roasted/grilled vegetables and I would just pick from her plate.

Posted by
3899 posts

Stan the only way you get any vegetables with a meal in the Czech Republic is to order a salad.Apart from white or red cabbage ( that has been cooked for hours) you seldom get any vegetables ,

Very true. Even the 7 course taster menu we had at some place which name escapes me the only vegetables I recall were potatoes in various guises and red cabbage.

If you want vegetables I would recommend some of the many Vietnamese restaurants, plenty of fresh, vibrant dishes often full of vegetables.

Posted by
7153 posts

This seems to pop up over and over in all threads. Why don’t each of you order 1 small plate? That means each of you will have your personal plate and utensils. You can easily move some of your food to your neighbor’s plate and they can do the same. That way you get to “share” but you’ve ordered 2 different small plates. There’s no harm in that.