Intermediate 29: Self-Service Restaurants

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Have you ever been to one of those restaurants where you pay by weight. They are extremely popular in Brazil. However, the question in today’s lesson is whether or not is makes sense to pay for food by weight. Some think it’s convenient and logical, others find it inconvenient and illogical. Either way, we learn some great Portuguese verbs to talk about the self-service restaurants.

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 A: Sabe o que eu detesto, restaurante que tem comida a quilo.
You know what I hate, the restaurants that sell food by the kilo.
  B: Por quê que não gosta? Sempre achei que os restaurantes self-service são bem convenientes.
Why don’t you like them? I always thought that the self-serve restaurants are really convenient.
  A: É que o fator que determina minha comida deve ser o sabor e não o peso.
It’s that the factor that determines my food should be the flavor and not the weight.
  B: Entendo, eu já escolhi uma salada quando de verdade eu queria a lasanha, porque a lasanha pesa mais.
I get it. I have chosen a salad when what I really wanted was lasagna, because lasagna weighs more.
  A: Exato, a ideia que lasanha pesa mais e daí custa mais, está errado viu?
Exactly, the idea that lasagna weighs more and therefore costs more is just wrong, you know?
  B: É, pode ser que você tem razão. E pra falar a verdade, acho que a gente acaba gastando mais nesses por quilo também.
Yes, you could be right. And to tell you the truth, I think that we end up spending more at these by the kilo places too.
  A: Sei, agora a única vantagem é que esses de self-service têm uma boa variedade de comidas diferentes.
I know, now the only advantage is that these self-service restaurants have a nice variety of different foods.
  B: Mas mesmo assim, essa mesma variedade está no cardápio também.
Even so, the same variety is also found on the menu.

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