I usually have lunch at half past one, but yesterday I went to the office without breakfast (I only had a cup of tea) and by twelve o'clock I was already hungry. I don't like having lunch alone, so I said to Nick: "Let's have lunch together." "All right," he answered, "I'll join you in a few minutes."
When we went to the canteen, there weren't many people there. We got tickets (checks) for lunch, sat down at a table near the window, and called the waitress. She brought knives, forks, spoons and plates and took our tickets (checks).
- Will you have any soup today? - I asked Nick.- No, I'm not very hungry, - he said. - But I'll have some mineral water, salad, meat and potatoes, and ice-cream for the sweet.- Oh, here's the waitress.
(The waitress brings the dishes.)
- The salad's very good, but there's not enough salt in it. Will you pass me the salt, please?- Certainly. Here it is.- Thank you.- Shall I pass you some rye bread?- No, thank you. I usually have it with the soup, and I like white bread for the meat course.The waitress came up to us in a few minutes and asked if we would have coffee, or tea.- Yes, please. Tea for my friend, and coffee for me, - I said.- Black or white?- Black, and some cake, please.- How d'you like your tea? - she asked my friend.- Not very strong, - he answered, - and only two lumps of sugar, please.
We talked a little, when lunch was over, and at twenty-five to one went back to the office. We had a little time before work to read the newspaper and have a smoke. We began work again half an hour later.