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There are lots of options when it comes to eating out in Australia. You can enjoy different types of 'cuisines' and there's variety of restaurants and cafes to choose from. Here are some useful words that are good to know when you are eating out.

At a cafe
At a cafe.

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A 'cafe' can be an informal place where you can have a coffee and snack.

But a 'restaurant' is more formal, where meals are prepared and served to customers.

A ‘fine dining restaurant’ usually refers to an expensive restaurant that specialises in serving a specific cuisine.

It is usually a formal setting and food is served to people.

When you're in a restaurant, you can 'eat in' or do a 'takeaway'.

If you eat in, it means you're sitting down and having a meal in the restaurant.

Doing a takeaway
Doing a takeaway.

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If you do a 'takeaway', you are taking the food back home.

You might also hear people say they want the leftovers in a 'doggie bag'.

That means to pack whatever you have not finished so that you can take it home with you.

Bring your own (BYO) sign
Bring your own (BYO) sign.

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In Australia, you may see 'BYO' in certain restaurants.

'BYO' means 'bring your own' and it refers to bringing your own alcohol when you go to a restaurant.

If a restaurant is 'fully licensed', it means the restaurant is able to serve alcohol.

To order something, you would need to look at the 'menu' which is a list of food items the restaurant or cafe serves.

You can start with a 'starter' or ‘entree’ and then have a 'main course' and finally, finish off with some yummy 'dessert'.

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