Sunday, 15 January 2012

Monday at Maze


Monday this week there were a lot of people in the gym at lunch time.  It was nice to see everyone so motivated and working out, however I would be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed that my regular cross trainer and treadmill were already being used by someone ;)

But on a positive note, I got to use the rower to warm up before getting stuck into my lifting.
Monday's Workout
5mins rower, highest resistance - warm up
Incline DB curl at 8kg
Tricep press at 12kg
DB bench press at 12kg
Alternating DB curl at 10kg
Tricep pull down at 21kg (a little easy for me, will increase next time)
Seated calf raise at 142kg
3 x 8 press ups

Lunch today was from the canteen at work.  This is the best of what they usually have down there.

Carrot, broccoli, lettuce, kidney beans, cous cous salad, beetroot and a small new potato from the potato salad bar.  Never a fan of this salad, but when you are desperate and only have small change, you gotta do what you gotta do!  

Since my sister is up from Cape Town this week, we booked a table for two at Gordon Ramsay's Maze for dinner.  It was very nice inside and the food was pretty darn tasty (as we expected).

The deal we booked was four courses and a glass of champagne for 24 pounds.  Not bad hey?  The dishes I ordered had duck, chicken and salmon along with a banoffee treat for dessert.  I thought about taking a photo, but to be honest, I felt like a massive tool (considering the vibe of the place) and decided against it.

Overall the night was very enjoyable however I did pick up on something that I thought was strange.

We had one person greet us and take our coats.
Another person to show us to our table and pour the first glass of champagne.
Another person to show us the food menu and explain how things worked (since I hadn't been before)
One more person to show us the wine menu (on an iPad!)
Another person to take our order.
Another person to bring each course out.
One more to clear the plates away.

And so on and so forth.  Obviously I never go to fancy restaurants, so I don't know what the normal procedure is.  But it just felt weird, being served by so many people?!

Have you ever been to a really swanky restaurant?  How do you feel about the size of the portions? And did you feel the food deserved the reputation?

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