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Name of expensive restaurant item

 
 
Reply Wed 21 Apr, 2021 05:56 pm
There is a term which describes something that is only done in very expensive restaurants. After the meal the patron is given something to clean his hands.

I have looked all over the net, and I can't find the term. I don't even know if that term is used any more. I am going nuts trying to remember that term, and it just eludes me.
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PUNKEY
 
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Reply Wed 21 Apr, 2021 06:19 pm
Wet towel is the only expression I’ve ever heard.
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Region Philbis
 
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Reply Wed 21 Apr, 2021 06:19 pm
@Phoenix32890,

Oshibori ?

https://iili.io/BHta0g.jpg
Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Thu 22 Apr, 2021 09:57 am
Nope. Neither one. I don't think that I have heard the term in, well lets say, a lot of decades.

Region- I think that your picture may be right, but not the term.
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Thu 22 Apr, 2021 10:02 am
@Phoenix32890,
I’ve heard of finger bowls, bowls of hot water to wash with but nothing like you’ve described.
Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Thu 22 Apr, 2021 11:37 am
@izzythepush,
Izzy- You have got it! Now I know that my description was not on target, but I had the general idea. Googling "finger bowls", I have come to the conclusion that this item, (which does come with a napkin to dry your fingers) is just about obsolete in most areas.

Thanks for the right answer!!!
izzythepush
 
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Reply Thu 22 Apr, 2021 11:41 am
@Phoenix32890,
It’s the sort of thing you get with medieval banquets, where you use your hands.

It’s a bit archaic, and that’s in keeping with that sort of thing.
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Linkat
 
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Reply Thu 22 Apr, 2021 12:19 pm
@Region Philbis,
Region Philbis wrote:


This is the Japanese version of hot towel -

Not sure if you are referring to finger bowl or hot towel often times either also has lemon with it - from an excerpt from table etiquette

"If you want to clean your fingers, use your napkin or, if a dish has been messy to eat, excuse yourself to clean your hands in the restroom if no finger bowl or hot towel has been provided."

finger bowl
https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/UWQWy0epgNRq8cuypGFWLs5mAMk=/0x0:5853x3907/920x613/filters:focal(2459x1486:3395x2422):format(webp)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67702026/fingerbowl.0.jpg

vs hot towel
https://thumbs.dreamstime.com/b/hot-towel-lemon-wedges-fine-dining-restaurants-often-provide-wet-towels-to-guests-order-seafood-to-remove-odors-81121529.jpg
hightor
 
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Reply Thu 22 Apr, 2021 02:02 pm
@Linkat,
There's a story about Queen Victoria concerning a finger bowl. A banquet was being held for an honored woman from one of the colonies, an exalted royal of her nation. As they sat around the table the guest, not knowing of the custom, thought the contents of the finger bowl (lemon and water) were there to be consumed and raised it to her mouth, taking a sip. The assembled lords and ladies gasped at this faux pas — until the magnanimous monarch raised her own bowl to her lips and took a sip in solidarity with her guest.

(Apologies to izzy if this tale be apocryphal.)
izzythepush
 
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Reply Thu 22 Apr, 2021 02:08 pm
@hightor,
Don’t worry, I’m not personally invested in Queen Vic or any of the Royals.
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Sat 24 Apr, 2021 05:49 am
@hightor,
Interesting story!
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Sat 24 Apr, 2021 06:02 am
@hightor,
It’s a bit of a trope. Hannah Montanna did it and an urban legend claims Liz did too.

It’s appeared in a few films. There’s a scene in Greystoke where something similar happens if not that.

None of that means your story about Vic isn’t true.
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