Sometimes when eating out, I'll be asked by the wait staff "Do you want to have the starter first or both courses at the same time?".
I actually just want each food item to be brought as soon as it's ready, so I'll not have to wait for longer than necessary. For all I care, the main course can be served before the starter if that means I'll get something to eat sooner.
Given this, I'm never sure which option to choose. I imagine starter first would mean they'll not bring (or possibly not even start preparing) the main course until I've finished eating the starter, so there'll be a wait between courses. The other option means that if either item takes a lot longer to prepare than the other, it would take significantly longer to start getting any food at all.
How do I convey my preference to the wait staff without sounding rude, disrespecting their dining etiquette or making it seem like I'm in a hurry?