What are you going to do in B.A if you only know how to say: “una cerveza, por favor” Starve? It is not a good idea, so, in this lesson are some phrases and vocabulary that can be useful when going to a restaurant or a bar.
If we want meat, there are different options to choose from:
Jugosa (Rare) Vuelta y vuelta (Rare)
A punto (Medium)
Bien cocida (Well done)
And it can be cooked in different ways:
A la parrilla (grilled)
A la plancha (grilled)
A la cacerola (pot roast)
Al horno (baked meat)
Frita (Fried meat)
With potatoes and vegetables we can also select:
Al horno (Baked)
Fritas/ A la sartén (Fried)
Sometimes the waiter will ask us: ¿Suave o Picante? (Normal or spacy)
A typical argentinian sauce that is a little spicy “chimichurri” (olive oil, vinegar, onion, garlic, red bell pepper, oregano, tomato, hot chili flakes)
What about drinks?
We can ask:
Con hielo/Sin hielo (With or without ice)
Con/ sin azúcar (With or without sugar)
Café cortado (Coffe with a milk drop)
Café con leche (Coffe and milk: half and half)
Una lágrima (Latte)
What kind of conversation can I have with the waiter?
– ¿Qué va a comer? ¿Qué va a pedir? Qué desea? (What are you going to eat?/ What are you going to order?/ What do you want?)
– Quisiera/ Me gustaría/ Le pido (I would want/ I would like/ I ask you): un bife de lomo.
What can I ask the waiter?
– ¿Qué es “Cebolla”? (What is “Cebolla”?: Is onion)
– ¿Qué lleva? ¿Qué tiene? (What is it take?)
– ¿Es grande? ¿Es para compartir? (Is big like for share it?)
If you need anything extra you should ask:
¿Podría traer otra copa, por favor?. (Could you bring me another cup, please?