Things you should never order at a fancy restaurant

Fine dining is an art. It can, if done well, prove to be one of the most rewarding and enjoyable cultural experiences you can take part in, and a successful night out at truly great restaurant is often unforgettable. As is so often the case, however, the pitfalls are many, and your dining experience can very easily become memorable for all the wrong reasons.

It isn't hard to dig up a decent guide to restaurant etiquette, but most of them tend to focus on things like dress code, manners and reservations. What many fail to realize is that how you present yourself in a restaurant can be the least of your worries, and that what you order makes just as much a difference between a great experience and a poor one. Some things will hurt your wallet, others can make you ill — and some are just downright unethical.