Thirty Thousand Streets

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Lunchtime Nightmare..

I just hiked down Wardour Street onto (cough) Winnet Street, to discover that Il Panino has shut up shop. Anyone who's a regular reader of this blog might know that I rate(d) this little cafe as hands-down the best place to get a sandwich in central London, if not the solar system.

There was a note in the window from Antonio, the proprietor, apologising for any of the times they might have been in a bad mood, and a contact number should anyone want to get in touch. No clues as to why they've closed, but I bet I could hazard a few, and at least one of them will also be the title of a Pet Shop Boys song.

I wrote a few words about it back in September 2005, and since then it's remained true to form, serving excellent food that was remarkably good value. Indeed, the only reason I didn't eat there more was that one of their ciabatta specials was, sometimes, almost too much food to eat; and besides, eating elsewhere only served to drive home how exceptionally good they were. I never strayed for too long.

This is yet another nail in the coffin for London independents. For whilst there are other sandwich shops, that was the best. Do you hear me people? THE BEST SANDWICH SHOP IN SOHO HAS JUST CLOSED. GONE. LEFT THE BUILDING. God that's depressing. Soho is now officially around 5% to 7% worse between the hours of 1pm and 2pm, (though I'm not sure outside of that slot).

Still, since Pret-a-Manger is gradually tying a noose round the area there'll be no problems getting a sandwich, so long as it's one of about five and you you don't mind at least some of your money paying for Ronald McDonald's clownfood.

So what in Soho am I going to do for lunch now? The quest begins to fill the Il Panino sized hole in my lunchtimes.. and a large hole it is too. Arrivadechi Il Panino.


sigh9 said...

there's always the Malletti pizza...they're capable of being quite rude too.

Little Nutbrown Hare said...

I was going to suggest Malletti too. Or how about Fernandez and Wells?

The Eyechild said...

Cheers guys..

Never tried Malleti.. I'll look it up. Sounds intriguing..


I actually gave Fernandez and Wells a go today and was quite impressed. Nice ingredients, though it was all a bit meat-and-cheese-centric (which suits me fine some of the time).

gridrunner said...

Gutted. I ate there just last week.

It's never been rammed at lunchtime I suppose, bizarrely enough.

Little Nutbrown Hare said...

You've never tried Malletti!? It's the only reason I wish I work in Soho.

The Eyechild said...

Hmm, coming from yourself that is a recomendation indeed.. I'll check it out.