1. What's the name for a restaurant where you can go to the serving area and choose your favourite food and drink from different dishes at a fixed price? (I suppose "canteen" is a place with the same quality, except that it's limited to factories, colleges, etc., if I'm not wrong)
2. What's the name for this kind of serving guests at a party?
3. Has the word "a la carte" the same usage? Many thanks in advance.
(especially in BrE, plz)
Last edited by Mehrgan; 20-May-2010 at 23:19.
A la carte are meals you order from a menu.
There is no special name for a restaurant which offers buffet meals. Anyway, most restaurants do no offer buffet meals alone.
One last thing that tedmc hasn't covered:
The sort of restaurant where you pay a fixed rate and serve yourself is sometimes - rather lazily - called an 'all-you-can-eat [restaurant]'.