Monday 18 June 2007 11.20pm
This is quite usual nowadays - it allows the restauranteur to create a 'buzz' in the bar area, making the place look more popular, and claw some additional revenue from those who become thirsty while waiting. Perhaps it would have been better simply to say that you'd like to go straight through to your table and not hang around in the bar?
I consider myself a bit of a steak afficionado. Gaucho
is good, in fact, very good for London, but falls short of the classic steak houses like Morton's and Ruth and Chris in the US. I think it's a fun place to go with a group of carnivorious chaps and get stuck in, but I'm sure my girlfriend wouldn't like the macho atmosphere which was prevalent in the City branch I went to.