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Variety is the spice…

Last night we had a company night out at an up-market Indian restaurant (Veeraswamy on Regent Street) – only 10 of us, including partners (it’s a small company).  There was a wine list as long as your arm – but no mention of beer on the menu – we had to ask specifically for beer, at which point the waiter ran off and brought back 10 glasses of beer – we weren’t offered any kind of choice.  When we asked what kind of beer it was, we were told it was Cobra – I wasn’t so sure, as it did seem a bit gassy.  But that’s not the point – firstly, why don’t they offer beer on their menu, and secondly why don’t they offer a choice of beers?  Maybe they do have more than one beer and the waiter thought it would be too much hassle if each of the 10 of us asked for something different.

Looking around the restaurant it appeared as though we were the only table drinking beer (in fact a few of our crowd did revert to wine after the initial beer) – hardly surprising if you have to ask for it because it isn’t on the menu.  Maybe people think that if they are eating in a posh restaurant they have to drink wine, even if it isn’t appropriate for the food they are eating.

For the record, the food at Veeraswamy was excellent, though the service was a bit fussy.  I’d just like them to match their excellent selection of food with an equally excellent selection of beers.

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