I have an issues understanding the definition of warm dishes, specifically:

  1. Are soups included into warm dishes?
  2. If yes how do we call dishes that are not fluid?

For example:

A: What kind of food can I eat in your restaraunt?
B: We server salads & soups.
A: Can I get a warm dish?
B: No, sorry, we don't have any.

Does this sound idiomatic? Or there is a better world to denote the type of meal that is warm, but not soup or anything fluid?

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    Soups like meat, pasta, rice are all dishes, but asking for a "cooked meal" will probably be your best bet. – Mari-Lou A Feb 9 '18 at 19:17
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    In Minnesota a "warm dish" would be a "hot dish" that has almost gotten cold. – Hot Licks Feb 9 '18 at 19:40
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    As HotLicks notes, dishes or meals are generally hot or cold in English; a warm drink sounds unappetizing and a warm meal sounds vaguely unsafe. – choster Feb 9 '18 at 22:09
  • So, if I said "hot dish", would it include "soups"? Because I am looking for a word that will not include "soups". @choster – Eduard Feb 10 '18 at 8:54

One idiomatic phrase is hot meals.

Some food, served on a plate for someone to eat, could be called a "dish". And indeed you might see "dish" used that way in restaurants (e.g. Dish Of The Day). But the word "meal" is more idiomatic.


Depending on what they were actually asking for, they may have been talking about food.

  • It is evident from the question that they are talking about food. – Lawrence Feb 10 '18 at 12:10

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