Trinny in Jozi

There´s no such thing as free champagne

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The problem is, in Dubai, one begins to think that there is. Granted, most of the time it´s nasty sparkling wine rather than the real deal, but hell, it´s still free. Except, the other night, it wasn´t.

We were dining at Rivington Grill upon the occasion of GDR´s happy birthday. Champagne was ordered by the other table, and we went along with the flow, commiting the cardinal sin of not looking at the price list first.

And then? Then we were hit with a Dhs1,075* champagne bill. At least there were seven of us to divide it among. Not a lot more to say really. I think PS and LB summed it up best in the following conversation:

PS: I don´t even like champagne. It tastes like piss with bubbles in it.
LB: We always thought there was something a bit fishy about that champagne.

* I blush, but yes, that is about R2,400.

Written by Trinny

July 18, 2009 at 19.36

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  1. champagne is one of the best things in life – and the best things in life are free. thats just the thing – if it’s too expensive nothing is worth it – it actually ruins in.


    July 19, 2009 at 00.52

  2. Speaking from your Cannes experience?


    July 19, 2009 at 14.03

  3. You don’t like champagne??? Piss with bubbles in it??? You philistine!!! So why do we always drink the SA equivalent together?

    Lovely Emma has been showing us how the other half live in London for the past few days and has completely destroyed my taste for some of the lovlier Methode Cap Classique’s I used regularly enjoy. I say this as the only fizz she drinks is Laurent Perrier, and only their mixed vintages. So we were plied with bottle after bottle of 300 pound Grand Siecle. One place we drank at threw in free lobsters! Now that must be a large mark-up. I probably enjoyed it a whole lot more as she paid for us the whole time.

    What did stick in my throat was Nobu in Mayfair that not only had the cheek to charge us 10 pounds each to stand at the bar where we could hear nothing at all, but also charge 20 pounds a cocktail. And another private club that charged us OVER 50 pounds for a Johnny Walker Black Label (Although this place was better as we sat with the two most famous cocktail barmen ever [aparently] and Ronan Keating and they gave us great nuts)!


    July 21, 2009 at 21.14

  4. Ronan Keating gave you his nuts?! Gross…

    And I was just reporting what my friends, um acquaintances, said. I always *love* champagne, as long as it´s free 😉

    Ps – Come to Nobu in Dubai, they won´t charge you fifty quid 😉


    July 21, 2009 at 23.42

  5. Sadly, the nuts were provided by the club. Would have much preferred Ronan’s.

    We’ll have to find a Nobu alternative. I read an article in a UK paper saying that they sell Bluefin Tuna which is highly endangered and predicted to be extinct by 2012.


    July 22, 2009 at 13.03

  6. Well, when you guys visit me in Dubai, we can go to Okku or Zuma, or both 😉


    July 22, 2009 at 22.55

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