(Serving from the side)
This may be observed in one of two ways:
(a) Foods are separated into portions on individual plates and placed before the guests.
(b) Foods are separated into portions on the serving dishes and passed to the left of each guest so that he may help himself, or the portions may be served by the maid. The necessary serving spoon or fork should be provided with the serving dishes. The Russian style of serving is the most formal and requires the service of at least one maid.