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Thread poster: Szu-wen Kung
Szu-wen Kung
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Mar 1, 2004

Can anybody tell me what does "a la carte"
mean in English??
Thank you

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Menu and a la carte Mar 1, 2004

Szu-wen Kung wrote:

Can anybody tell me what does "a la carte"
mean in English??
Thank you

When you go to a restaurant, you already have meals arranged in menu from the beginning to end. You can choose between several menu each with a different price. But you have to eat what is on the menu, even if you do not like the starter but you choose it for the main dish.

A la carte mean you can compose your meal yourself, you choose from a list (la carte) the dishes you want to eat. It is more expensive.

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Ballistic  Identity Verified
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Extension Mar 1, 2004

By extension it could also mean "customised"!

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Graciela Carlyle  Identity Verified
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agree with both replies... Mar 1, 2004

and this should have been posted in the KudoZ questions...


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