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You know you’re a grownup when…

Have you graduated from skint student to a full-blown adult diner? See how many you can tick off on our list of 16 ways to know you’re a grownup.

1. You don’t feel the need to fill up on bread beforehand.

Breadbasket by Thabang Mokoena on Unsplash

Carbo-loading is no longer necessary when you’re a proper grownup. Photo by Thabang Mokoena on Unsplash.

2. You make a booking* and honour it.

3. You arrive on time and your hair is dry.

4. You choose a restaurant based on the food and not because you have a crush on the bartender.

5. You can afford to get a starter, main and a dessert, not either/or.

Several tapas

Several tapas plus dessert? Score. Photo by Lily Banse on Unsplash

6. You wait until everyone in the party has arrived before ordering drinks.

7. You actually consider the seafood platter – even if for the briefest moment.

8. You make friends with the sommelier for maximum wine top-upperage.

Tapas and rosé by John Canelis

The sommelier should be your new BFF. Photo by John Canelis on Unsplash.

9. You know what a sommelier is.

10. You order wine that isn’t the cheapest bottle on the menu.

11. You drink only an elegant sufficiency.

The other glass if for your dining companion, not your backup

The other glass if for your dining companion, not your backup. Photo by Denise van der Heide on Unsplash.

12. You remember to put the napkin on your lap before you’re halfway through your meal.

13. You know what to do with all the cutlery you are given.

Photo by Siniz Kim on Unsplash

Knife confusion is a thing of the past. Photo by Siniz Kim on Unsplash.

14. Your shoes remain on your feet the whole time.

15. You leave your phone in your pocket/bag during dinner (it did happen even if you don’t Instagram about it).

Taking photo in coffee shop

We all had to go through this stage but we’ve emerged gracefully from the other side. Photo by Evan Qu on Unsplash.

16. You offer to pay the bill (and mean it) instead of working out your portion with a pencil on the back.

* Making a reservation at a restaurant is super easy on the new Eat Out app. (Especially if you have phone anxiety.) Download it now to have access to online bookings, specials, menus, pics and much more.

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