A La Car

A la carte (/ɑːləˈkɑːrt/ or /æləˈkɑːrt/; French: [a la kɑʁt]) is a French phrase that means “according to the menu” and refers to ordering individual dishes rather than a set meal. The phrase is usually used in reference to ordering food in restaurants.

A la carte is contrasted with ordering à la carte which typically refers to choosing a dish from a menu without ordering the other dishes that are typically served with it. For example ordering a steak à la carte would usually mean that the diner does not want any of the side dishes that are typically served with steak such as mashed potatoes vegetables or salad.

The term a la carte can also be used to refer to other services such as television or Internet service providers where customers can choose individual channels or services instead of subscribing to a package.

The term a la carte is derived from the French phrase à la carte which means “according to the menu.” The phrase à la carte was first used in reference to food in 1815 although it did not become popular in English until the mid-19th century.

The term a la carte has been used in English since the early 19th century but it did not become common until the mid-20th century.

What is the French term for “menu”?

Le menu.

What is the French term for “dessert”?

Le dessert.

What is the French term for “appetizer”?

L’entrée.

What is the French term for “soup”?

La soupe.

What is the French term for “main course”?

Le plat principal.

What is the French term for “side dish”?

Le plat accompagnement.

What is the French term for “breakfast”?

Le petit déjeuner.

What is the French term for “lunch”?

Le déjeuner.

What is the French term for “dinner”?

Le dîner.

What is the French term for “bill”?

L’addition.

What is the French term for “tip”?

Le pourboire.

What is the French term for “waiter”?

Le serveur.

What is the French term for “waitress”?

La serveuse.

What is the French term for “restaurant”?

Le restaurant.

What is the French term for “dining room”?

La salle à manger.

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