Just another $52,000 Lunch at Nello...
Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 10:09AM
The Lady Who Lunches in Funny shit

A friend of mine sent this to me via email and I just could not help myself!  Enjoy... 

Roman Abramovich (owner of the Chelsea football club, in case you didn't know), in the company of Dasha Zhukova and his son Arkadi, stopped over for lunch at restaurant "Nello" in New York.

“It was obvious from the start that the high quality and type of food took priority over cost,” said restaurant owner Nello Balan. Mr. Abramovich began his dinner with Carpaccio with white truffles, followed by Milan lamb with pasta and parmesan.
For desert, Mr. Abramovish tried Nello's tiramisu.  They were drinking chapagne and expensive wines but "looked no different than any other New York tourists," said a waiter.

Drinks included 2 bottles of Chateau Petrus, 3 bottles of La Tache Romanee Conti (pinot noir), and 2 large bottles (1.5 litres each) of Cristal Rosé ($5,000 per bottle).

The wine only came to $35,000. Pregnant Miss Zhukov was drinking $16 mineral water.

"Mr. Abramovich’s facial expression did not change when he saw the bill," said a waiter, "He only asked if the service was included." The couple sitting at the next table thought they had won the lottery.

The owner of the restaurant gave Mr. Abramovich a soccer ball as memento for being a special client and suggested that he should buy the New York Yankees. Mr. Abramovich replied, “No thanks, I have plenty of problems with Chelsea.”

Total sum came to $47,000 in just 1hr and 18minutes. Although the bill included a 20% tip, they generously gave their waiter another $5,000 in cash.

In total, they spent around $52K for lunch. “Many people make this much money in a year,” said journalists.  They also advised that rapper Jay-Z (who left $1,700 tip in the same restaurant) should "eat his heart out."

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