In news that will not surprise anyone who has eaten recently in London, Britain's capital city now rates as the world's most expensive city (even above Tokyo) for dining out.
An average meal, including a drink, tax and service for London diners runs to £39.09 pounds, up 2.9% from last year.
This is the conclusion of Zagat Survey, which published its 2008 London Restaurants guide on Wednesday.
I am a firm believer in "what goes around, comes around". Whilst London restaurant owners in the short term may be milking their customers, in the medium term once City bonuses have been slashed by the effects of the ongoing credit crunch we will see more realistic prices as the restaurants battle to find custom.