The word for a food menu is 菜单 Càidān, sensibly translating as "food list."

But what would you call a game menu? I could only think of 选项 Xuǎnxiàng, but this "options", which may be a sub item in the game's menu.

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菜单 in Mainland China, 选单 in HK/Taiwan are the standard translations for menu in Computer Software, no matter it's in a game, a line-of-business application or a utility.

Main menu is translated into 主菜单 in Mainland China and 主选单 in HK/Taiwan.

And you're right about 选项 is referring to options or settings menu, which is usually a sub item in the main menu.

Searching Google for '游戏主菜单' or '游戏主选单' you'll get plenty of examples.

  • Perfect. +1 for the additional context and examples too.
    – user3871
    Commented Oct 13, 2014 at 19:13
  • Settings is always translated to 设置, and Preferences to 首选项.
    – leetom
    Commented Oct 14, 2014 at 11:58

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