So a group of us, I believe 10 total, went last Wednesday for our friends birthday, it was most of our first time there, at least for dinner, and had made reservations, so they knew the large group would be there.
Our waiter made a rather odd request when I tried to order some appetizers for our side of the horseshoe. I asked if I could order some appetizers and he requested that we order the appetizers AND our entrees at the same time. I said we were not ready to order our entrees yet, and wouldn't mind getting the appetizer order to get some food in front of us more quickly, he responded by saying he would prefer us order both at once, but that he would take our appetizer order.
I've never been asked this at a restaurant of Sportello's pedigree, or of any restaurant for that matter, so I was a bit taken back. The rest of the night the service was excellent, and when we were the only ones left in the restaurant he spent more time with us, chatting with a few of us about the food and beer choices, which was nice.
Is this type of ordering S.O.P. at Sportello, or anywhere for that matter? Have I missed out on some trend that is developing?