SARAH WHYTE August 05, 2012
Nice drop ... the restaurant bill.
A GROUP of Olympic officials appears to have splashed an exorbitant £44,600 ($65,960) on a slap-up business lunch - including a £19,000 bottle of cognac - in an upmarket London restaurant, based on reports circulating on the internet.
An image has been put online purporting to show a receipt from the China Tang restaurant at the Dorchester Hotel in exclusive Mayfair.
The receipt was posted on social media site Reddit by a user who claimed to know a worker at an unnamed restaurant.
The poster wrote: ''My friend's a waiter and this is a receipt for an official lunch for 15 Olympic Bosses in London. Now we see where all the money's going.''
The Daily Mail carried a report about the apparent lunch but did not say when the lunch was supposedly held or if the lunchers were from the International Olympic Committee or officials from one particular country.
American news site Gawker suggested the receipt was from China Tang because it has £19,000 bottles of Hennessy 1853 cognac in its cellar.
Also listed on the receipt were modest food orders ranging from £15 for servings of spiced chicken and £7 sorbet platters.
China Tang declined to comment when contacted by the Daily Mail, while calls to the organising committee went unanswered.