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Unit 6: Eating out
 
Listen  2: Ordering a meal
 
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John and Fiona are in an Indian restaurant in Brick Lane. They are looking at the menu and discussing what they want to order.
 
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John:
Are you ready to order?

Fiona:
Do you want any vegetables, any side dishes?
I'll have the house wine, a red I think.
I think so. I'll have the chicken korma with plain rice.
Shall we have some poppadoms to start?
 

John:
The lamb tikka looks nice. I think I'll have that.

Fiona:
Do you want any vegetables, any side dishes?
I'll have the house wine, a red I think.
I think so. I'll have the chicken korma with plain rice.
Shall we have some poppadoms to start?
 

John:
Yeah, an onion bhaji and a garlic nan bread.

Fiona:
Do you want any vegetables, any side dishes?
I'll have the house wine, a red I think.
I think so. I'll have the chicken korma with plain rice.
Shall we have some poppadoms to start?
 

John:
OK. I think I'll have a pint of lager as well.

Fiona:
Do you want any vegetables, any side dishes?
I'll have the house wine, a red I think.
I think so. I'll have the chicken korma with plain rice.
Shall we have some poppadoms to start?
 

 
Language tips - vocabulary
 
chicken korma - a mild curry dish made with coconut
tikka - meat that is marinated and roasted in the oven
poppadom - thin crisp bread, fried in hot oil
bhaji - floured vegetables fried in oil
saag aloo - a dish made of spinach and potato
side dishes - smaller portions you order to go with your main meal
plain rice - white rice
pilau rice - spiced rice often with vegetables, fish or meat added
nan bread - a large flat bread
house wine - usually, one of the cheapest wines on the menu

 
 
  Units
 
 
Unit 1: Transport
 
  Unit 2: Hotel
 
  Unit 3: Cinema
 
  Unit 4: Shopping
 
  Unit 5: Work
 
  Unit 6: Eating out
 
 
 
Listen 1: Going out to a restaurant
 
 
 
Listen 2: Ordering a meal
 
 
 
Read 1: Eating out in Brick Lane in east London
 
 
 
Speak 1: Word stress when talking about food
 
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  Useful links
 
 
BBC guide to food and drink in London