5 Types of Dinner: With Menu and Cover Layout

5 Types of Dinner: With Menu and Cover Layout

Dinner: The main meal of the day. Usually the meal you eat in the evening is called dinner – considered to be the main meal of the day in whole world, but sometimes - in Britain , the meal eaten in the middle of the day is also called dinner.

1. A la carte Dinner

A la carte is a French phrase that translates literally as “by the card”, where each item is priced separately

(sample a la carte menu pic )
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A la carte Dinner Menu : (Menu items under each category is priced separately)

  • Beverage (water / soft drinks / Juice / Alcoholic beverage etc.)
  • Starters
  • Soup
  • Salad
  • Sandwich
  • Pizza
  • Pasta
  • Main course
  • Dessert

Cover for A la carte Dinner :
For a la carte menu, generally basic table setting will be laid on table. Settings will be made according to guest order.

  • AP Spoon
  • AP knife
  • AP fork.
  • Side plate
  • Side knife.
  • Base plate (Show plate)
  • Napkin (serviette)
  • Water goblet
  • Cruet set

2. Table d’hôte (TDH) Dinner or set meal and set menu

A multi-course Dinner with only a few choices - charged at a fixed total price.

(sample TDH menu pic )
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TDH menu – 5 course (2 or 3 Menu choice will be available to choose from each category)

  • Starters
  • Soup
  • Salad
  • Main course
  • Dessert

Cover for 5 course TDH Menu :

  • Soup spoon
  • AP Spoon
  • AP knife
  • AP fork.
  • Fish knife
  • Fish fork
  • Dessert spoon
  • Dessert fork
  • Side plate
  • Side knife.
  • Base plate (show plate)
  • Napkin (serviette)
  • Wine glass
  • Water goblet
  • Cruet set

3. Buffet Dinner

A buffet is a system of serving meals in which food is placed in a public area where the diners serve themselves

(sample buffet menu pic )
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Cover for Buffet Dinner :

  • Soup spoon
  • AP Spoon
  • AP knife
  • AP fork.
  • Fish knife
  • Fish fork
  • Dessert spoon
  • Dessert fork
  • Side plate
  • Side knife.
  • Base plate (show plate)
  • Napkin (serviette)
  • Wine glass
  • Water goblet
  • Cruet set

4. Combo Meal (Dinner Combo) – Combination Meal

A combination meal, often referred as a combo-meal, is a type of meal that typically includes 2 or more, food items and a beverage. They are very common at fast food restaurants. The combinations are provided for a fixed price, which is lesser than a la carte(when ordered individually). Combo meals may allow the customer to choose between few fixed options. Here the food(combo meal) is provided to guest at one time along with the beverage.

(sample combo menu pic )


Dinner Combo : Menu - Continental

Grilled chicken + French fries + Coleslaw + Bun + Iced Tea + Tomato ketchup + Mayonnaise

Cover for Combo Dinner :

  • Lunch tray
  • Place mat
  • Plate
  • AP spoon
  • AP fork
  • AP knife
  • Napkin
  • Cruet set

5. Theme Dinner :

A theme dinner is served in a theme restaurant. A theme restaurant is a type of restaurant that uses theme to attract diners by creating a memorable experience. Most restaurants have an inherent “theme” based on the origin or type of cuisine served. (eg.Italian / Chinese / Indian / rain-forest / vintage etc.)

Theme restaurants have a unifying or dominant subject or concept, and utilize architecture, decor, special effects, and other techniques, often to create exotic environments that are not normally associated with dining because they are inaccessible, no longer exist, are fictional or supernatural, or taboo. The theme may be further extended through the naming and choices of food, though food is usually secondary to entertaining guests.

Eg. Chinese Theme Dinner:

(sample Chinese theme restaurant pic )
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(sample Chinese dining table setup pic )
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Chinese food is meant to be eaten with chopsticks.

The most famous 16 authentic Chinese cuisines available in Chinese restaurants are mentioned below :

  • Dim Sums.
  • Hot and Sour Soup.
  • Quick Noodles.
  • Szechwan Chilli Chicken.
  • Spring Rolls.
  • Stir Fried Tofu with Rice.
  • Shitake Fried Rice with Water Chestnuts.
  • Chicken with Chestnuts.
  • Honey Chilli Potato
  • Wok Tossed Veggies in Honey and Black Bean Glaze
  • Peri Peri Chicken Satay
  • Cantonese Chicken Soup
  • Veg Hakka Noodles
  • Vegetable Fried Rice
  • Garlic Soya Chicken
  • Vegetable Manchow Soup

Cover for Chinese Dinner :

  • Placemat
  • Chinese teacup (chawan)
  • Large plate
  • One small, empty rice bowl
  • Set of chopsticks
  • Soup spoon.
  • Chopstick holder
  • Large water glass
  • Wine glass
  • Smaller glass for baijiu (Chinese liquor)
  • Chinese cruet set