I was with two friends and we had the most amazing two hours of visual and aural stimulation that I have enjoyed in a long time.
Photo Pipilotti Rist
After the show were all a bit mentally stoned and in need of a good feed. We found ourselves a table in the riverfront bar and kitchen at the BFI.
The waiter came over to our table and asked us what we would like to drink, mine was simple, a bottle of beer , my two mates wanted a pint of ale, which turned into more of a challenge.
It took us three attempts at ordering before they told us what was ‘actually available’ as opposed to what we would like off the ale list.
It seems to be a growing problem these days when visiting central London restaurants to be able to find a waiter or bar person who has a basic knowledge of the English language. It makes me wonder how they got through the interview process to get the job in the first place.
Anyway returning to our table , our drinks eventually arrived and we placed an order for three ‘Bavette’ steaks medium rare, which arrived promptly and I have to say cooked well.
The Bavette Steak is not a cut of beef I am familiar with and so I was pleasantly surprised with its flavour and succulence. Bavette Steak, also sometimes called ‘Flank’ is cut from the lower part of the animal and not generally a popular choice at the butchers, however given the current financial climate I see it as a good alternative to the more expensive cuts when ordering steak in restaurants.
So overall a good meal was had, but I have to say very poor service and when the bill arrived at £66 for three, they had added an additional 12.5 % for service, ‘What Service’ I hear myself say. This left me feeling that these guys are not really interested in building a good returning customer base. Maybe you don’t need to bother with service when you can rely on the thousands of tourists that pass through central London every day.