I've noticed that when ordering food at an Indian restaurant here in the U.S., the waiters simply place the different food items on the table. However, when I travel to India and dine at local restaurants there, the waiters always insist on going around the table and placing a little bit of each item into everyone's plate. Especially when we're traveling in a large group where lots of people have ordered different things, I personally find it more convenient for the waiters to simply place the ordered items on the table, than going around and serving a little to everyone.
- Why do Indian restaurants in India go around tables and serve each food item ordered into everyone's plates, rather than simply put the food items on the table for everyone to take themselves?
- Is it rude to ask servers in India to simply place food on the table rather than serve individual servings to everyone?
- If I'm dining at an Indian restaurant in the U.S. and prefer that the food items be served to each person individually, is it considered rude to ask for this?