Tipping for gents

Be it for a simple round of coffee or a slap-up three-course meal. Tipping is essential for gentlemen. “The key to tipping like a gentleman, is finding that perfect balance between being discreet and understated — not to mention giving the money you are tipping the importance it deserves.” So, here is a little help…

Don't showboat

It’s easy, really. Don’t showboat with your money, or draw attention to it with over-the-top, unbecoming behavior. Leaving a tip is as much a part of the meal as the food, and you wouldn’t splash your soup around the table or make a scene with your breadsticks.

Say something

Tipping is a personal gesture; a heartfelt — and likely stomachfelt — thanks to your waiting staff. As such, you should present your tip to your waiter or sommelier with a personal touch. Of course, we don’t want you to leap from your chair and pull them into a bear hug, or whisper sweet nothings in the ear of the chef, but you can do better than coldly putting your cash on the table and leaving without a word.

Don’t overdo it

This may seem counter-intuitive, but believe us. Your tip is a gratuity towards the staff, not a way to display your wealth, and slapping down a whole wodge of notes will come off as vulgar and arriviste. Always pay the service charge in full and, of course, don’t skimp on the tip — but it’s not an opportunity to laud your wealth over others.

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