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Mobile Palengke Presents: "Guide in Table Manners"
Proper Table Setting Etiquette

Table manners refers to the etiquette that should be followed during eating,  which may include the use of utensils. Table etiquette varies by culture. Each family or group determines how tightly these norms must be followed.

Table Etiquette

“Table setting make a tremendous impression on your guest and customers. Some general rules of table setting are that utensils are placed in the order of use from the farthest from the dinner plate and to the closest to the dinner plate”.

Utensils are arranged inward about 20 cm (8 inches) from the table’s edge, with all utensils aligned along the same invisible baseline or median line. The utensils in the farthest position should be used first.

Informal settings often feature fewer utensils and dishes but use a layout modeled on more formal settings. Utensils are arranged in the sequence and manner in which they will be used by the diner.

During The Meal

  • Eat slowly and cut only a few small bites of your meal at a time.
  • Chew with your mouth closed and do not talk with food in your mouth.
  • Taste your food before seasoning it.
  • Gently stir your soup to cool it instead of blowing on it.  Spoon your soup away from you.

Cutlery Etiquette

Resting cutlery etiquette is a method of non-verbal communication used in formal dining services. The guest places their flatware on the dinner plate in a certain position to signal their needs to the server. The benefit of understanding cutlery etiquette is the server can meet the guest’s needs without interrupting the table’s conversation.


When To Start Eating

At a small table of only two to four people, wait until everyone else has been served before starting to eat. At a formal or business meal, you should either wait until everyone is served to start or begin when the host asks you to.


When Taking A Break

If a guest needs to get up from the table but doesn’t want their plate removed, they can use their flatware to indicate they are taking a pause. In this case, the knife and fork are placed on top of the plate in the shape of an inverted V.

Knife and Fork Language During DiningKnife and Fork Language During Dining

Ready For The Next Dish

To signal that the guest is finished with their plate and ready for the next dish, the knife and fork are placed in the shape of a cross on the plate. It’s customary to wait until all guests are finished with their dish before clearing the plates.


Finished With The Meal

To indicate that the meal is over, the guest will place the knife and fork side by side in a vertical position on top of their plate. When all guests are finished, it’s a good time to present the dessert list and take a coffee order.


Food Was Excellent

If a guest wants to show their appreciation for the dish, they will place their knife and fork on top of the plate in a horizontal position with the blade and tines facing to the right.

bad service

Unhappy With Dish

If the guests are unhappy with their dish, they will place the knife and fork in the shape of an inverted V with the knife inside the tines of the fork. No server wants to see this, but if it does happen, address the situation immediately.

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