AUSTERITY still seems to be the order of the day, if this little group dining at Camden’s Gilgamesh restaurant last week are anything to go by. Our diners barely touched their alcohol, claiming that they’d stick to a simple splash of bubbly (a few bottles of Louis Roederer Cristal, natch) because they had to stay sober to get back to the office afterwards. Whatever happened to the good old days of liquid lunches that lasted until well after sundown?

Mind you, the connoisseurs made up for it with a mouth-watering selection of food, including the restaurant’s signature smoked eel sushi, sashimi and dragon rolls, followed by Chilean seabass, fruits de mer and City favourite Wagyu beef.

They then nibbled on dessert plates and chocolate fondant puds before heading off for a full afternoon’s slog. Curse that pesky financial crisis.