Patrons dressed to impress at Casino Royale
There were flatbread pepperoni pizzas, pigs in a pita blanket, coconut fish and teriyaki-styled-chicken kebabs being served and devoured at Ribbiz last Thursday night.
Businessmen and women gathered at the restaurant and gaming lounge, dressed in gowns and bow ties. They grinned and posed with modern can-can girls, who made sure no person was without a glass or some nibbles.
It was an unusual thing, partying on a Thursday night with no holiday in sight.
Then, at midnight, well-known 'experience curator' Kamal Bankay paused his DJ duties and announced, alongside Don Creary and Ribbie himself, that July 1 marked exactly three years since the Barbican hotspot opened its doors.
"This is not the celebration," Creary assured, "but when it happens, you are all invited!"
In collective concession, Bankay, Creary and Ribbie promised that this party was just a preview of the celebrations to come.