Global visitors to the London 2012 Olympics have been left less than impressed by the range of catering.
The Guardian has reported that many outlets ran out of food supplies midway through Wednesday lunchtime, meaning that they had to turn away customers.
The only place that seemed to be booming was the famously large McDonalds. Despite its capacity of 1,500, guards were forced to hold people back at the doors, as customers clamoured to get into the fast-food restaurant.
It seems a far cry from what we were promised before the Games. A document by the organising committee said: “It is crucial [the spectators'] expectations for their 'once in a lifetime' experience are exceeded, both through great sporting action and also the highest quality food available at affordable prices.”
Jan Matthews, head of catering at the London Organising Committee (Locog) had said that they were trying to make the culinary Olympics experience feel like a food market, but perhaps they aimed too high. One diner, interviewed by The Guardian, said of his dish of belly pork, chilli and ginger glaze, garlic prawns, sweet potato and pak choi: "It was gravy and prawns.
"Perhaps it was a classic example of British eccentricity of the kind we saw in the opening ceremony."