Having dinner at Bonaparte- questions
My boyfriend and I are coming for a few days in Montreal and decided one thing we wanted to do was have a nice meal at a French restaurant. We made reservations at Bonaparte. We are very much looking forward to it, but being young, relatively broke Americans, neither one of us has ever before had the opportunity to have a French meal with courses. So we're a bit nervous about the etiquette.
We can handle which silverware to use when, that sort of thing, but I'm wondering what the different courses are and what courses we will be expected to order. Do we each need to get an entrée and a main course? What about soup or salad? I know a table d'hôte comes with more than one course, but which ones?
I know this isn't the usual sort of question you get asked around here, but I picked Bonaparte based on what you folks had to say about it, and I couldn't think of anyplace else to ask.
Firstly, relax! :) Good food is supposed to be fun, not worrisome. At place like Bonaparte the waiter can make polite suggestions (or you can ask for them). I'd suggest ordering the tasting menu which is a set of choices for several of the 5 courses. (I think thats soup, fish, sorbet, meat, dessert, but as I was saying last night, its been too long since I've been there...)
Generally a table d'hote will come with lines through it; it will say something like soup (a big line across the page) then a list of appetizers (a big line) then a list of main courses. One thing to remember is that entree is French for appetizer; how it became the English for main course is beyond me.