IDIOMATICALLY SPEAKING from NEEL ANIL PANICKER
A la carte
MEANING: ON THE MENU, EACH DISH SEPARATELY PRICED
ORIGIN: It’s a French term, literally translated as ‘ according to the card ( here card refers to the menu card). This is What’s the meaning of the phrase ‘À la carte’?
On the menu, with each dish separately priced.
What’s the origin of the phrase ‘À la carte’?
This is a French term, literally translated as ‘according to the card’ (the ‘card’ is the menu card). This applies to meals that are ordered in a restaurant as separate items, each with a specified price, as distinct from a ‘table d’hôte’ meal, which has a fixed inclusive price.
Though the earliest French usage is unclear, the idiom appeared in English first when it was used as a citation in Joseph Sherer’s Notes and Reflections During a Ramble in Germany.
SENTENCE: Mahabalipuram is a very scenic temple town in South India and there you can book into quaint sea facing shacks that are not just comfortable but also where they serve excellent fare, ‘a la carte, at any hour.