Sprachressourcenportal Österreichs

Im Restaurant

Das Menü beschreiben

  • The dish of the day / daily special = what the restaurant is featuring
  • set meal = the starter, main course and dessert are chosen by the restaurant (don’t say “menu”!)
  • a la carte = where you choose what you want to eat from the menu

Nach einer Beschreibung des Essens fragen

  • What is ‘Wiener Schnitzel’ exactly?
  • Is this dish vegetarian?
  • What's in spaghetti carbonara?
  • Can you tell me how this dish is prepared?

Essen beschreiben

  • It's a meat dish, garnished with parsley.
  • It's topped with cheese.
  • It's served with a side salad.
  • Sauces can be cheesy (made with cheese), savoury (not sweet), creamy (smooth), spicy (made with chilli peppers) or delicate (a subtle, rather than strong taste).
  • Desserts can be rich (very filling with a strong taste, like chocolate gateau), light (not heavy in taste or texture, like a sorbet), tangy (with a sharp taste of lemon or orange, like a lemon pie), or fruity (made with fruit, like trifle).

Im Restaurant bestellen - Dinge, die Kellner sagen

  • Are you ready to order yet?
  • Have you decided what you are having?
  • Would you like anything to drink with your meal?
  • Can I recommend the chef's special?

Im Restaurant bestellen - Dinge, die Gäste sagen

  • We'd like a little longer, please.
  • Could you give us a couple more minutes?
  • We really can't decide. Can you advise us?
  • I’ll have/take the schnitzel, please.
  • I’d like the vegetarian dish of the day, please.

Arten von Lebensmitteln

meat (or "red meat")

= lamb, pork or beef

poultry (or "white meat")

chicken, turkey, goose, duck

game ("wild" meat)

rabbit, hare, partridge, pheasant

fish

salt water fish / sea fish or fresh water fish

seafood

prawns, shrimps, lobster, scallops, mussels, crab

vegetables

leafy vegetables (such as broccoli or spinach), root vegetables (such as carrots and onions) etc.

fruit

stone fruit (such as plums and peaches); berry fruit (such as strawberries or raspberries) etc.

 

Wie das Essen gekocht wird

boiledcooked in boiling water
steamedcooked over a saucepan of boiling water
fried / sautéedcooked in oil in a frying pan
stir-friedfried fast in hot oil
pan-friedfried in a frying pan
roastedcooked in oil in the oven
grilledcooked under a grill or on a ridged pan
bakedcooked in the oven
stewedcooked for a long time on a low heat

 

Gänge im Menü

starter / hors d'oeuvre / appetiser

the first thing you eat as part of a more formal meal

main course

often a meat, fish or vegetarian dish

dessert / pudding

a sweet course at the end of the meal (you might also see cheese or fruit offered)

 

Diäten

watch what you eat

be careful about what you eat, and the quantities you eat

watch your figure

refuse certain food because you want to stay slim

cut out certain foods altogether

stop eating bread or pasta, for example

cut down on 

reduce the amount of (e.g. sugary foods)

vegetarian

eating no meat or fish

vegan

avoiding all animal foods

flexitarian

plant-based diet with occasional consumption of meat or fish

gluten-free

avoiding gluten, a protein found in wheat and similar grains

wholefood

plant-base diet of natural, unprocessed and wholemeal foods

 

Andere Ausdrücke

put on / gain weightbecome heavier
lose / shed weightbecome lighter
have a sweet toothlike eating sweet or sugary things like cakes, sweets or chocolate
eat sensiblyeat moderate quantities of food, and not over-indulding in unhealthy food

 

Besteck und Geschirr

Gabelfork
Messerknife
Löffelspoon
Kaffeelöffelteaspoon
Kuchengabeldessert fork
Tellerplate
Suppentellersoup bowl
Schüsselbowl
Kuchentellerdessert plate

 

Zubereitungsarten

Braten, Röst-, Brat-roast
angebraten (kurz)sautéed
gebacken (im Backrohr)baked
gebratenfried
gedünstetsteamed
gegrilltgrilled
gekochtboiled
geräuchertsmoked
püriert, -Püreemashed
faschiertminced
paniertbreaded
aus biologischem Anbau ("bio")organic
Freilandeierfree-range eggs
hartes Eihard-boiled egg
weiches Eisoft-boiled / runny egg
Spiegeleifried egg
Rührei, "Eierspeis"scrambled eggs

 

Fleischsorten

Enteduck
Geflügelpoultry
Huhnchicken
Kaninchenrabbit
Lammfleischlamb
Puteturkey
Reh(fleisch)venison
Rindfleischbeef
Schinkenham
Schweinefleischpork
Speckbacon
Wild(bret)game
Wildschweinwild boar

 

Zuschnitte / Fleischstücke

Hüfterump
Keuleleg
Kotelettchop
Schultershoulder

 

Fische

Brassebream
Saiblingchar
Dorsch (Kabeljau)cod
Heilbutthalibut
Lachssalmon ("l" is not pronounced!)
Seebarschseabass
Forelletrout
Zanderzander

 

Gemüsesorten

Bohnenbeans
Erbsenpeas
grüner Salatlettuce
Karfiolcauliflower
KohlsprossenBrussels sprouts
Paprika (grüner)pepper (green)

 

Österreichische Nationalgerichte

pikantsavoury
Wiener Schnitzel vom Kalb mit Erdäpfelsalatbreaded veal cutlets with Viennese-style potato salad
Schweinsbraten mi Knödel und Krautsalatroast pork with dumplings and cabbage salad
Tafelspitz mit Braterdäpfel und Apfelkrenprime boiled beef fillet with fried potatoes and horseradish sauce
süßsweet
Palatschinken mit Marmeladepancakes with jam
Kaiserschmarrn mit Zwetschkenröster"Emperor's Mess"; shredded, sweet pancake served with plum sauce
Marillenknödel mit Bröselnapricot dumplings with buttered breadcrumbs
Sachertorte mit Schlagclassic chocolate cake served with whipped cream

 

Culture tip: Das Büffet ist eröffnet

The German “Das Buffet ist eröffnet” does not exist in English. What you could say, though, is, “There are some refreshments waiting for you outside / next door / over there. Please help yourselves!” or something similar.

Culture tip: Mahlzeit

There is no phrase like the German “Mahlzeit” that people say when they start eating. If you like, though, you could say, “Enjoy your meal!” or use the French “Bon appétit!”

Culture tip: "It's on me!"

The German expression “ich lade dich ein” is not the same as the English “I’ll invite you” (this means “invite somebody to a place or event”). Instead, you should say, “This one is on me!” or “I’ll get this” or “my treat”. If you want to pay for your own meal only, you say, “Let’s split the bill, ok?”