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table d'hôte

A set menu at a fixed price. Back in the days when America's idea of gracious dining was French cuisine (and therefore French terminology), upscale restaurants offered two choices in the way diners could order meals. One, which survives, is a là carte, where dishes were ordered and paid for individually. The other was table d'hôte (literally, the host's table). That was a set menu offering little or no choice of appetizer, entrée, and dessert, and all for a fixed amount of money. Table d'hôte had its origin in the days when travelers stopped at an inn and dined on whatever the innkeeper's wife was serving as the family dinner. The idea continues as prix fixe (fixed price) meals, for only rarely if ever and even at French restaurants will you find the phrase “table d'hôte” on a menu.
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Winners: three prizes of two nights in a deluxe room, table d'hote dinner, and full English breakfast both mornings.
4) The Table d'Hote at the Village Grande Nature Chic-Chocs offers spectacular desserts in the French tradition.
During winter months the Table D'hote menu is also served in the Carvery.
The three-night break costs pounds 279 per person, four nights pounds 344, including breakfasts and three-course table d'hote meal each evening and full use of the leisure centre.
On our visit, my wife and I decided to go for the table d'hote menu.
A compact menu of 11 starters, eight entrees and two prix-fixe meals denote reasonable pricing - $5 to $9 for beginnings, $15 to $19 for main courses, $5 for desserts and two four-course, table d'hote dinners at $30 and $38.
You will enjoy a three–course table d'hote dinner with a bottle of house wine in the Glenskirlie House Restaurant.
It's said that the early bird catches the juiciest worms, so with that in mind my husband Hugh and I decided to Taste Test the hotel's table d'hote dinner, which operates between 5.
They've dispensed with the table d'hote that made you feel like an interloper at Fawlty Towers, and instead offer an inviting, interesting and inventive menu.
Always popular is the Clough Burger, a char grilled 6oz beef burger with Abbot''s Gold cheddar and pancetta served in a toasted bun The table d'hote three course set menu with coffee is available for just PS20 and is always a popular choice with diners.
DELI-GHT: The new chef's table d'hote selection on offer at the Malmaison on Sundays, and (inset) Sunday newspaper menu
The staff made their choice from the standard table d'hote menu and also had their morning coffee and afternoon tea there.
The River Grille is promoting "three courses for the price of two" from its table d'hote menu for all those who order between 5.
Delta Grand Okanagan Resort and Conference Centre's Grand Bay Cafe will offer a special candlelit table d'hote menu focused on local, sustainable menu items and wine pairings.
The regional winner of the 2010 Good Food Guide Readers' Restaurant of the Year Award has been visiting a local farm to source the freshest ingredients for a special four-course table d'hote menu on Monday, June 21.