I was having food at McDonald in Hong Kong. I noticed that a hamburg with French fries and drink is collectively called 'meal', usually priced lower than separate items combined when the order is made. On the contrary a hamburg alone is called 'a la carte'. I think that a la carte, as opposed to table d'hote, is supposed to be used in a restaurant where waiters serve tables, but not in a snack food shop where there is only a counter or reception. Instead, I prefer the word 'standalone', for example:
Do you think 'a la carte' is properly used here? Which word do you used in America or Britain?May I have a Big Mac, standalone, please?