Order champagne to toast before or after placing meal orders?
For my bf's birthday, I'd like to start off with a standard champagne toast. Do I request the glasses of champagne when the waiter first comes to our table/gives us our menus, so that once we place our orders for food/wine and take the menus away, they can subsequently bring us the champagne to drink while we wait for our first course/first glasses of wine? Or is that too hasty, and should I just wait to request the champagne at the same time that we order everything else?
I know I sound a little compulsive but I rarely ever am "in charge" when fine dining, and I unfortunately never paid much attention to these little details to rely on my past experiences! I would just like everything to go as smoothly and timely as possible!
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Order champage before you order food.
It usually goes that way,
- you get seated.
- people are offered menus (wine and/or food).
- waiter ask if you want a drink before ordering food or you tell him : "we will have - champagne to start".
- you look at the wine list, get the champagne, toast/drink it while choosing and ordering the food. (normally a good waiter will at least wait until the toast is made and people start to drink and settle down).
- eat, drink and be merry!
here's an idea - how about arranging it ahead of time? call the restaurant and tell them what you're planning, and ask them to have someone bring over the champagne as soon as you're seated. that way you can kick off the evening with the toast and have an intimate moment together before you get caught up in menus, ordering food and discussing the wine with the sommelier.