Like Australia and the United States, Canada is a diverse nation of immigrants, where foods from around the world are commonly enjoyed. Larger cities will enjoy a wide selection of ethnic cuisine, from Asian to European. The French-Canadian areas of Quebec will feature the finest in French cuisine with many traditional pastries, desserts and dishes on the menu.
As when dining out in the U.S., it is also customary in Canada for restaurant patrons to pay a gratuity to the wait staff. A tip of 15 percent of the total cheque amount is the norm, while 20 percent is considered generous. Conversely, poor service would merit a lesser tip, and while uncommon in Canada, blatantly rude or indifferent service is grounds for little or no tip. Tips are never given for over-the-counter fast food or take away restaurants.