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The Teapot, Forest Hill, London SE23

Leafy Forest Hill, where our featured article, cafe Teapot, SE23 3HF, awaits you. It's not big, but it will do you a good panino, and child-friendly portion sizes if you have children with you, which you may not.

There's a new entry for Jackson and Rye, a chain bar/restaurant in Richmond. I know there's one in Soho, as I've walked past it many times, but that's not a review. You can follow the link for that but be warned, there is a distinct lack of blueberries.

Finally, the reported permanent closure of Matsuri, a teppanyaki restaurant in St James's, by Piccadilly. You might miss some of its excellent food, but you won't miss the prices.

Date: 2017-05-17 08:06 am (UTC)
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I have thoughts on your use of “panino”! I know this is the Italian singular for a sandwich, and “panini” is plural in Italian, but in English[0] “panini” is singular and plural, and means a specific type of sandwich.

I do have a theory of how this happened: I think it's because of the Délifrance bread product often used for this type of sandwich. Délifrance called it a “panini”, and British cafes followed suit. When I was first wondering about this about 15 years ago, I noticed that pretty much every London cafe offering panini also had Délifrance advertising. (This has changed now that panini are available in pretty much all cafes — they used to be a fairly specialist thing.)

[0] British English, at least. I have had disagreements about this with at least one American. As far as I know, Délifrance isn’t particularly active in America, which fits my theory above.

Date: 2017-05-17 01:56 pm (UTC)
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I didn’t even think to look at the OED! I have no objection to using “panino” facetiously :)

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