How many? Is it rude to order just 2 and save room for dessert? Do you order an appetizer before them? Would you recommend small plates at all? Do they all come at once?
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Look at the appetizer menu first. But if you are willing to be seated at the restaurant bar, the bar menu can often offer you very good value in small portions. I travel a whole lot so I do this all the time.