LETTERS FROM LONDON
3. MAKE MINE A TAKE-AWAY:

Eat ‘n run is on the rise. ‘The meal’s on you’ mentality trend has increased 33%
on last year and neither money nor anarchy appear to be the motivation.

Groups of 4 to 6 have entered the competition. No clever manoeuvring,
ingenious plan, hand signals, nudge nudge wink wink – they simply walk out en
masse.

Perhaps Latvian film maker, Janis Nords has been the inspiration. He and his
female companion in crime ate and drank £5,880 November of last year without
paying the bill or leaving a tip. His choice:  the most expensive exclusive
restaurants in London. Nords has been banned from central London at night –
but popping out for lunch and breakfast are still fair game.

Could this fresh ‘n wild way to eat be in retribution for rubbish service,
insincere smiles, over-priced previously frozen food, recycled wine?

Best to dress smart and avoid trainers. But don’t try the Pearl restaurant at the
Chancery Court Hotel in Holborn, Helene Darroze at the Connaught in Mayfair,
L'Oranger restaurant in London's St James's, L’Autre Pied, Pied a Terre; Jords
already did a wine and dine at those restaurants. Still no word from the newly
hirsute pummelled-pumpkin face Gordon “I had an allergic reaction to a horse”
Ramsey as yet.

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