In France, a good meal becomes a ritual where family and friends gather together around the table to share and celebrate life occasions.  The ceremony begins with an appetizer and ends with a digestif. Between these two stimulating beverages, you will enjoy a banquet composed of: a starter, a main course, cheese, dessert, wine and bread! This article will definitely open your appetite listing the top 100 french for food.

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Daily Meals

Let’s see how to call all of them in French.

Daily Meals – Les repas de la journée

breakfastle petit déjeuner
to eat / to have breakfastprendre le petit déjeuner
elevenses / mid-morning snack breakla pause de onze heures / la pause café
to eat /to have lunchdéjeuner
lunchle déjeuner
an after-school snackun goûter; une collation
to eat/ to have dinnerdîner
dinnerle dîner
supperle souper
a three-course mealun repas avec une entrée, un plat et un dessert

Different Kinds of Fruit

What’s your favorite fruit? How much fruit do you eat every day?

Now, how about learning the names of some different kinds of fruit in French?

Fruit – Les fruits

cherryune cerise
strawberriesdes fraises
raspberriesdes framboises
blackberriesdes mûres
blackcurrantsdes cassis
blueberriesdes myrtilles
grapesdu raisin
orangeune orange
appleune pomme
peachune pêche

Vegetables

Let’s study some vegetables in French.

Vegetables – Les légumes

a mushroomun champignon
a tomatoune tomate
a potatoune pomme de terre
a cucumberun concombre
a zucchiniune courgette
an artichokeun artichaut
a carrotune carotte
a lettuceune laitue
endiveune endive, la chicorée
a radishun radis

Meat and Poultry

Beef-rib Bourguignon, steak tartare, char-grilled sirloin, coq au vin… French recipes include lots of meat and chicken.

Meat and Poultry – La viande et la volaille

beefle boeuf
vealle veau
lambl’agneau
porkle porc
a sausageune saucisse
hamle jambon
a chickenun poulet
a duckun canard
a gooseune oie
a turkeyune dinde

Fish

Post-impressionist French painter Pierre Bonnard immortalized a traditional Provençal fish stew from the port city of Marseille called: La bouillabaisse.  This soup is a mix of vegetables and Mediterranean fish, such as congre, scorpion fish, monkfish, John Dory and gurnard, all of them cut into large chunks. It’s really yummy! Let’s see how to talk about fish in French.

Fish – Poissons

a congerun congre
a scorpion fishune rascasse
a monkfishune lotte
a John Dory un saint-pierre
a gurnardun grondin
a codun cabillaud
a troutune truite
a catsharkune roussette
a salmonun saumon
an anchovyun anchois

Seafood

Below you will find some of the most popular seafood:

Seafood – Les fruits de mer

a crabun crabe
a musselune moule
an oysterune huître
a prawn une crevette rose
a shrimpune crevette grise
a lobsterun homard, une langouste
a langoustineune langoustine
a scallopune coquille Saint-Jacques
cocklesles coques
clamsles palourdes

Dairy Products

Dairy Products- Les produits laitiers

milkle lait
butterle beurre
cheesedu fromage
creamla crème
yoghurtle yaourt
condensed milkle lait concentré
skimmed milk, unskimmed milkle lait écrémé, le lait entier
goat’s cheesele fromage de chèvre
sheep’s cheesele fromage de brebis
a blue cheesele fromage bleu

Desserts

A pâtissier (a pastry chef) is someone who specializes in desserts and pastries. The French are well-known for the different kinds of wine and champagne they have invented, for their delicious cheese and also for some of the most famous desserts in the world.

Desserts – Les desserts

jamla confiture
marmeladela marmelade
jellyla gelée
stewed fruitla compote de fruits
honeyle miel
chocolatele chocolat
custardla crème anglaise
chocolate moussela mousse au chocolat
ice creamla glace
a sweet, a candyun bonbon

Grains And Beans

Beans and grains contain some essential amino acids and complementary proteins for our body. For this reason you can really get lots of nutritional benefits when you add both of them to your diet. They are easy to cook and really affordable. Below you will find the names of some grains and beans in French.

Grains And Beans- Les légumes secs

ricele riz
brown ricele riz complet
green peasles petits pois
chickpeasles pois chiches
beans les haricots
kidney beansles haricots rouges
broad beansles fèves
lentilsles lentilles
oatmealles flocons d’avoine
bean sproutsles germes de soja

Useful Phrases To Order Meals At The Restaurant

Now that you are familiarized with some of the most representative vocabulary about food in French, we think it’s time for you to practice another important aspect: entering a restaurant and ordering a meal. We have chosen the most useful phrases so that you can have a nice and tasty experience! Shall we go?

Some Useful Phrases to order some food at the Restaurant – Exemples de phrases à utiliser pour commander un menu au restaurant

Let’s imagine that you have made a reservation. The first thing you will do is to tell the waiter or waitress that there is already a table waiting for you:

I have made a reservation in the name of Chauve. =  J’ai réservé une table au nom de Chauve.

Some questions you could ask are:

  • What’s today’s special?  = Quel est le plat du jour?
  • I’d like some water/ a glass of wine, please. = Je voudrais de l’eau / un verre de vin, s’il vous plaît.

If you need some more time to decide what to order, you can say:

  • I haven’t chosen yet. One more minute, please = Je n’ai pas encore choisi.  Une minute, s’il vous plaît.

If you need some advice, you can ask:

  • What would you recommend? = Qu’est-ce que vous recommandez ? 

When you order you can say:

  • I will take the main course and the dessert, please. =   Je prendrai le plat principal et le dessert, s’il vous plaît.

Once you have finished your meal, you can say:

  • Could I have the bill, please? = Pourrais-je avoir l’addition, s’il vous plaît ?

Do not forget to be polite! Say always:

  • Excuse-me  =  Excusez-moi (in case you need to attract the waiter or waitress attention).
  • Please = S’il vous plaît.
  • Thank you very much = Merci beaucoup.

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