BILL OF THE WEEK

ONE OF the most regular visitors to Boisdale in Belgravia is a Russian gentleman who lives around the corner on Queen Elizabeth Street. So when the local dropped in to the restaurant with three Russian friends, he felt sufficiently at home to order one of the most expensive items on the menu: a plate of the prized Oscietra caviar, which is served with a shot of Russian Standard Platinum vodka. The Krug Grande Cuvée doesn’t come cheap either, at £270 a bottle… or the Chateau Belgrave, at £115 a time, but the group ordered two of the former and three of the latter before putting away seven large measures of 21-year-old Glenlivet. Just as well, then, that the well-oiled oligarchs didn’t have far to walk for a nightcap at their host’s house after settling the £1,531 bill…