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Started by tincatinca on Apr 7, 2016 8:05:59 PM
Restaurants that were great but have closed down.

We've had a shit day today and reminisced how a few years ago, we could have walked all of 10 yards to our local Southern Indian restaurant, enjoyed fab cheap food, and things would have felt a lot better. There was a fire in the kitchen one day (may have been deliberate), and it never re-opened. We also miss the college restaurant, where the students did a damn good job of emulating fine dining. Out of the blue, the college withdrew funding and it shut down in weeks. Which restaurants do you miss?

Sunfish - 07 Apr 2016 20:09:11 (#1 of 98)

Renzo's on Curzon Street. Excellent Italian greasy spoon. Long gone, but I still miss it.

FleurDuMal - 07 Apr 2016 20:19:56 (#2 of 98)

There was a marvellous place in Harrogate called Chez la Vie. It sold some of the best, authentic French food I've had outside France - not surprising, as many of the staff were French. However, after 20 years, the owner sold up to a numpty kid who'd inherited a wad of cash. Within 18 months, the place had gone bust. A huge shame.

TheWarOnTerry - 07 Apr 2016 20:25:48 (#3 of 98)

The Vijay and the Geeta on Willesden Lane. They may still be there but I'm not.

Hignett's fish and chip saloon in Chester, and the ice cream soda bar at The Bars (a lost part of the same city) with its gleaming art deco frontage and interior decor.

carterbrandon - 07 Apr 2016 22:48:38 (#4 of 98)

in Birmingham.

Starters and Sweets. A neat idea but doomed.

The fact is, these are the fiddliest, least profitable aspects of a meal. Making it pay would have meant price per course being noticeably high, and the punter in need of a light meal, isn't one for pushing the boat out for it.

Michelle's French Restaurant in Harborne

Downstairs was traditional and intimate, upstairs was light, airy and vegetarian. Next door was their deli. Wonderful.

Mangoes Caribbean in Stirchley

Hubby was from Jamaica and the chef. Missus was a Brummie and front of house. Wonderful food (short menu so none of your bought in muck), friendly place. Tasty, healthy, except for the rum and raisin ice cream.

Wild Oats in Selly Oak

A true old-style 70s hair-shirt vegetarian place where the salt and pepper was in cobbles, and the food was stick to your ribs Neil off The Young Ones bean muck. There was even brown bread in the ice cream.

Gingers Vegetarian, Kings Heath

Less puritanical than the above. A friendlier Cranks.

The revolving one on St John's Beacon, Liverpool.

Where Radio City is now. Never went, just got to peer through the lift doors on the way to the observation balcony above as a little kid, but oh the glamour!

HerrWalrus - 08 Apr 2016 07:56:35 (#5 of 98)

Vijay's is still there, and the prices are still low. It's almost opposite my shop..It's used from time to time as a filming location for a US tv series.

Shadrack22 - 08 Apr 2016 08:09:30 (#6 of 98)

CasBar in Leeds 7. Had a pleasingly informal air. They used to run occasional film nights e.g. dine then watch Rudolf Valentino in Son of the Sheikh. Ceased training due to rising rents. Now a thriving Thai restaurant - pleasant enough but no cultural tendencies.

Rendered - 08 Apr 2016 08:13:00 (#7 of 98)

Apart from the Thai one, you racist.

CarlosFandango - 08 Apr 2016 08:20:28 (#8 of 98)

Nah, it's been appropriated. Leeds is like that.

Shadrack22 - 08 Apr 2016 08:37:57 (#9 of 98)

But it's full of people from Moortown in gold jewellery who 'dress up' to dine. Balls to that.

Moominmamma12 - 08 Apr 2016 08:40:17 (#10 of 98)

Love the idea of starters and sweets. That could work if done well.

FleurDuMal - 08 Apr 2016 08:46:00 (#11 of 98)

But it's full of people from Moortown in gold jewellery who 'dress up' to dine. Balls to that.

Is the Flying Pizza still extant?

Shabbyman - 08 Apr 2016 08:49:05 (#12 of 98)

D&G's kebab house in Willesden Green. It's an estate agents now, apart from the takeaway bit, but that's standard Turkish now. Nothing wrong with that but there's no sheftalia now.

Just down the road there used to be a French bakery which made exquisite croissants and pains chocolate but, puzzlingly, only wholemeal baguettes. No one wants a wholemeal baguette.

Man Lee Hong in Lisle St. I have searched in vain for anything to match their beef ho fun with black bean sauce or their homemade chilli oil that came in a Duralex glass with a plastic spoon. Bastard hot, fragrant, but not harsh.

Castelo's Pizza at Elephant & Castle.

Shabbyman - 08 Apr 2016 08:53:33 (#13 of 98)

Kastoori in Tooting. The pastel decor was awful but the food was a sublime education.

Edit: Gujerati vegetarian, for those unlucky enough to have missed it.

coshipi - 08 Apr 2016 09:02:17 (#14 of 98)

Not so much restaurants as cafes (I'm not really into restaurants) - The Italia on Great Horton Road in Bradford, and Frank's on Neal Street in Covent Garden. Both run by Italian families, for two generations in both cases, both excellent food, reasonable prices and lovely, friendly people who knew their regulars.

Rendered - 08 Apr 2016 09:05:17 (#15 of 98)

Castelo's Pizza at Elephant & Castle.

Ah yes. Lovely place. Now its remains lie under John Terry Tower.

Tenesmus - 08 Apr 2016 09:19:39 (#16 of 98)

A Mexican on Chandos Road, loads of tasty cheap food, we introduced Mrs Tenesmus' meat and veg brother to spicy grub.

Replaced by an Italian owned by a very Brizzle woman whose daughter was married to the charming Italian chef. He once part baked the pizza bases and gave us the toppings in tin foil containers to take away to cook for Christmas dinner the next day.

Closed after a year. It's now some poncey place.

Urvile - 08 Apr 2016 09:48:11 (#17 of 98)

Ah yes. Lovely place. Now its remains lie under John Terry Tower.

You can still go to La Luna up the Walworth Road however. The pizzas there are actually a bit better, despite the ratty exterior.

Urvile - 08 Apr 2016 09:49:07 (#18 of 98)

Zucca, on Bermondsey Street. Great, interesting italian food. Forced out by rent hikes. Supposedly going to be a wine bar now.

Shadrack22 - 08 Apr 2016 09:49:32 (#19 of 98)

The Flying Pizza is still a NE Leeds institution, Fleur. It's surprisingly good and no more expensive than Pizza Express. And better for people watching. No Jimmy Savile memorabilia there anymore, of course. It was taken over by new owners three or four years ago, but is relatively unchanged.

DoubleEntendre - 08 Apr 2016 19:00:19 (#20 of 98)

Shabbyman - I also used to live in Willesden Green and boggled at the amazing French bakery. Couldn't work out what it was doing there when everything else was so rubbish.

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