Common Hindi Phrases While Visiting an Indian Restaurant

If you are planning on going to India anytime soon, you are probably going to want to eat. Learning how to order food at a restaurant is prerequisite to this. The phrases on this page will get you started with great phrases and sentences to use in an Indian restaurant.

Asking Questions
You might be befuddled by the menu, so never hesitate in asking some basic questions from the waiter.

Yeh kya hai? – What is this?
……. kitna hai? – How much is……?
Kitna kharch aayega? – How much does it cost?

Once seated, waiter will wait for your order. You can use these simple phrases for ordering.
Main chahonga…. – I would like
Kya aapke paas.. – Do you have…?
Main loonga…… – I will take…..

When you are done ordering, waiter can ask anything else: “kuch aur chahiye?” You can just end it by saying no, “nahi”.

The Food
Ask for “samosas”, “pakodras”, “bhel puri”, “kababs (any kind)” if you want light lunch items or appetizers.

Dinner items include

  • Masala (any kind)
  • Butter chicken also known as Murg Makhani.
  • Kadai dish which can be either meat or vegetarian.
  • Saag paneer, a vegetarian dish, comprises of spinach leaves and cheese and accompanied with makai ki roti and chawal (rice).
  • Baingan ka bhurta and mutter panner are also two very delicious vegetarian dishes in India.
  • This list is not comprehensive but, it should keep you occupied!!

    The following are some of the most common drinks you’ll want to order in India.
    Paani – Water
    Doodh – Milk
    Juice – Juice
    Coffee doodh aur cheeni ke saath – Coffee with milk and sugar
    Sharab- Wine

    Eventually, the meal will be over and it’ll be time to go. Ask for the bill by saying “Kitne rupei hue”. In most areas of India, the waiter won’t bring it until requested.
    Always “thanks” them while leaving by saying “dhanyavaad”.

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