London, Nov 16 (ANI): A British couple has been revealed to have enjoyed a 572 pounds meal at a Michelin-starred restaurant before stepping outside to smoke a cigarette and then disappearing without paying the bill.
The pair, who booked a table at L'Autre Pied, in Marylebone under the name Lupin, a possible reference to Arsene Lupin, a French gentleman thief, ordered dessert before slipping out and vanishing into the night.
"I was just in shock. They were there from the outset to rip us off," the Daily Mail quoted director David Moore as saying of the pair's action.
The two had ordered a bottle of Larmandier pink champagne costing 124 pounds, and drank a 285 pounds bottle of 1997 Bollinger.
For starters they had foie gras and mackerel and for the main courses they ordered hare and venison.
The amount for the food came to 86 pounds in a total bill of 572.74 pounds, around three times the average.
Scotland Yard is investigating the alleged incident and checking to see if similar frauds have been perpetrated elsewhere. (ANI)