Oh, please tell me it won't happen - read yesterday that another British dining institution, Simpson's-in-the-Strand, may go the way of the dodo:
My Grandpa first brought me to Simpson's-in-the-Strand during a summer holiday in London back in the 60s. Ever since then, the very name of the restaurant has never failed to evoke a sense of nostalgia for me. I still return to London every year for the past 4 decades or so and, in the past 20 years, seeking out the latest and best dining places in London had been my top priority. But I'll always return to Simpson's-in-the-Strand at least *once* on every visit - so often that I never wrote about it anymore. But with the news of its impending, possible closure, I just wanted to share the most recent meal I had there just a couple of weeks ago - a quick breakfast:
- Eggs Benedict: nice, runny poached egg, tasty Wiltshire ham, creamy Hollandaise sauce on a toasted muffin.
- Smoked haddock kedgeree - beautifully-scented rice, studded with sultanas. It's a British Raj adaptation of Indian kitchri rice, made into a rather irresistible (for me!) breakfast dish.
Service was friendly, attentive and competent, as always.
Many Londoners may not miss this grand old dame - e.g. this unsympathetic piece written by Stephen Bayley in the Telegraph yesterday: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddri...
But for a visitor to London like me, Simpson's-in-the-Strand forms an indelible part of the capital's culinary heritage and history. Neither Chiltern Firehouse, nor Fera, or St Johns or Typing Room will hold those special memories I have for Simpson's. I will most certainly miss it if they do close it down.
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