The Unspoken Rules of Pakistani Dining Etiquette

March 13, 2020

In almost every culture there are unwritten rules that are carried out by people when it comes to dining. In fact, these etiquette requirements can differ considerably from country to country which is why it is important that guests brush up on their knowledge if they have accepted an invitation to a strict etiquette-based household. Read on as we go over three unspoken rules of Pakistani dining…

Table Manners

It is important that all guests wash their hands at the start of a meal as a sign of respect for the cook and the host should be sat at the head of the table. In most Pakistani cultures, food is eaten with the hands, however it may apparent that cutlery is placed on the table; in such circumstances, utensils should be used with the right-hand.


It is customary to accept drinks from the host in Pakistani culture, even if the guest may only table a couple of sips. In addition to this, it is the responsibility of the neighbouring guest to fill up one’s glass and it is important that guests never pour their own drink. To do so would cause the individual next to them, who is responsible for ensuring that their glass is full, to lose face. After all, Pakistani etiquette places a lot of focus on respect and honour.


In Pakistani households, the honoured guest is traditionally the first person to be served, followed by the host, the men, the children and then the women. In addition to this, men and women may also be asked to dine separately in strict religious circumstances. With this said, these etiquette rules are often remoulded in order to fit in with modern times.

Here at Royal Nawaab, we want our guests to experience a service they will return for and that is why we believe that an education on etiquette is incredibly important. After all, our authentic dishes are popular with the British Pakistani community and it is expected that some of these rules will be carried out at our establishment. To find out more information about dining etiquette, get in contact with a member of the Royal Nawaab team or book a table at our Manchester or London restaurant today!