At the Restaurant (3)
Click here for the dialogue for "At the Restaurant."
How to order at a restaurant
(1) The waiter or the waitress may use these phrases.
|Nani ni nasaimasu ka.
|What would you like to have?|
|Go-chuumon wa okimaridesu ka.
|Have you decided on your order?|
|Have you decided?|
(with rising intonation, less formal)
|What would you like to order?|
These expressions are formal, since the waiter or the waitress normally talk politely to the customer. "Go" or "o" is the respectful prefix (polite marker).
(2) How to order
Click here for the difference between "kudasai" and "onegaishimasu."
When you chose something from several alternatives, the verb "suru (shimasu)" is used. It means "to decide" in this case.
In the sample dialogue, "Boku wa sushi" literally means, "I am sushi." ("Wa" is a particle, topic marker.) However, the situation makes it clear that he is ordering sushi. Therefore the particle "wa" can be translated "as for" in this case.
|Boku wa sushi.
|As for me, I will have sushi.|
|Watashi wa biiru.
|I will have beer.|