Fine dining

Have you experienced fine dining anytime? There are great differences in the food and services of a fine dining restaurant and a casual dining restaurant.

Of course, the cost also varies. What exactly constitutes fine dining?

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What is fine dining?

Fine dining is a restaurant experience that has a higher quality and formality compared to casual dining. Typically, the former experience is more sophisticated and unique and less pocket-friendly.

But it is of the highest level unlike casual restaurants or fast food outlets or fast-casual restaurant. Moreover, you are a privileged lot in fine-quality dining and wine and alcohol is also served there.

In casual restaurant too, alcohol would be available but you will not find it in a fast food location.

Often in fast food outlets there is no proper seating arrangement. One has to pay first and there is usually self-service in them.

Whereas, in casual dining as well as fine-quality dining, you have a proper seat and table and the waiter takes orders and serves food.

You pay at counter usually but often the waiter does the payment that you give him or her. Tips are expected in casual and fine dining but not so in fast food shops.

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Meal prices in fast food areas are low, in casual dining in the mid-range. While in fine-quality dining places, the prices are exorbitantly high.

Fast food areas pay not much attention to interiors and decors. In casual dining, some importance is given to decor and food presentation.

But in fine type of dining, the decor is costly and elegant and food presentation is more formal. One can enter casual dining areas in a casual wear.

There are no dress codes there but in fine quality dining they may ban you if you are not in a proper suit for the place.

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Additionally, the places that have facilities for dining of the exquisite type have more amenities in the form of a hand washing basin, washroom, and are often fitted with an air-conditioning unit to beat the heat.

Fine dining restaurants have more number of staff. These staff are specialized with a lot of training and expertise. They are in uniforms with a professional look.

The chefs in the kitchen are celebrated ones. There are separate drink experts as well that help you choose your drinks. The names of the food dishes are out of the world and exotic.

The food is supposedly more hygienic and served hot and fresh. Many fine restaurants have gone organic with their food ingredients. The food served are in high-quality crockery and dishes. Cutlery is of high quality too.

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Often, one sees that restaurants with great dining experience are owned and managed by famous chefs. The restaurant chain is smaller and size of restaurant is also less. This ensures quality and promptness of service.

Furnitures in high restaurants

The location of restaurants that serve fine food is in a high street and shopping area where the rich elite move.

The furniture in these restaurants is elegantly carved and may be antique pieces with intricate designs and good wood. They are heavy and never made of plastic.

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There might be soft music in the background in these restaurants that cater to the wealthy class and celebrities. People talk in low voices and whispers here and never shout.

Polite conversation is the rule. Lighting is not bright here. In fact, it may be on the dimmer side more. The diner gets more attention since staffs have fewer tables to serve. Food is multi-course.