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#1 Wilfrid

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 02:47 PM

I received a message this morning that it's closing after around 60 years.  I did have just one meal there which was extraordinarily bad, and made me sick...but other than that, many fond memories.  A cozy maze of rooms in the heart of Soho.  Portly politicians and actors in attendance.

 

I loved the roast duck and red cabbage, and also recall some kind of Transylvanian stew. It doesn't look especially expensive now, but it was a special occasion place for me back in the 1980s.

 

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 02:58 PM

I am close to someone who is going to be very sad about this. A woman in her eighties, a NYC based art collector who spends a great deal of time in London and has been using it as her hangout there for over forty years.


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Posted 28 October 2013 - 03:15 PM

It's a dump with disgusting food, but a barrister friend of mine has (had) occasional dinner parties there upstairs that were great fun.



#4 Wilfrid

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 04:53 PM

Sounds like it declined.  I had one bad meal there, but it wasn't a dump.



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Posted 31 October 2013 - 10:36 PM

This was my first restaurant on that side of the pond, a long, long time ago.



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Posted 26 February 2015 - 03:05 PM

Well, it didn't close then. But it's for sale now.


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#7 Wilfrid

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Posted 03 December 2018 - 11:44 PM

Just doing some research on Soho, and I see it closed this summer after some 65 years. Brings back memories. It was probably one of the first posh restaurants I frequented, although the contrast between the clubby formality and the hearty Hungarian food itself now seems archaic. There was a Transylvanian dish I used to eat, which I wish I remembered more about; or the roast duck with red cabbage of course.

Much more stuffy and expensive than the Ukrainian on Second Avenue, but in the same culinary purview.

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Posted 03 December 2018 - 11:45 PM

I see I basically repeated my post from 2013. It’s life was extended:

https://www.google.c...868451.html?amp

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Posted 03 December 2018 - 11:51 PM

I have fond, faded memories of it. I was taken there for dinner my first night ever in London -- actually my first night of my first trip alone.