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Explanation: I've used this in the past and my clients ere always happy with it. My understanding of the term is that the guest can choose between a selection of main courses (fish, chicken ,beef...) or other courses.
@ Edith - this is not about whether the two terms as such are interchangeable or not - it's about whether Sonali's client actually used the two different terms on purpose because they offer two different things, which I doubt.
First of all, I agree that there are two possibilities:
one, guests can choose beween several set (3-course) menus, and
two, they can have a 3-course meal where they can choose each course from a predefined selection.
Assuming that Sonali's two queries originate from the same text, this would mean that the same establishment offers BOTH varieties - I think this is highly unlikely.
I still maintain that Sonali should clarify this with her client. There is such HUGE potential for customer complaints in being unclear about what is and what isn't included in a package deal, that I personally wouldn't risk getting it wrong.