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The Essentials of European Dining Etiquette

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Couple clinking their wine glassesThese days, if you live in Singapore, you do not have to travel to Europe to enjoy European cuisine. Modern European restaurants in Singapore allow you to enjoy delicious food. However, before you plan to have a meal alone or with your family, you need to be aware of European etiquette.


When eating with a knife and fork, the fork should go to your left hand, while the knife should go to your right hand. The method of cutting food is similar to the continental style. You should let the index finger grip the handle without overlapping the cutting blade. With your fork, you can eat the food in small bites.


The napkin has been an essential feature on the dining table for centuries now. Always ensure that you use a napkin when dining. Doing so prevents your clothes from being stained when food drop from your table. Once you sit at the table, the napkins will be presented with the menu. After the waiter leaves, be sure to unfold the napkin.

Your Arms

Finally, when cutting food, you can move your hands back and forth, but you should not place your elbows and forearms on the table. Nonetheless, you can rest your hands on the table.

It is essential to learn dining etiquette before stepping into any European restaurant in Singapore alone or with your loved ones. Doing so will help you have a sense of belonging as you enjoy your food without offending anyone. In the end, there is no harm in learning another culture’s dining etiquette.

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