London - What happened to Fakhreldine?!
I'm just curious because it's been around for yonks. Then, a couple of weeks ago, I walked past the place and it was all boarded up, with an A4 piece of paper posted in front which said it's closed. I Googled but couldn't find any piece of news on its closure.
Back when Maroush was just a one outlet eatery on Edgware Road, and Ranoush Juice was something of a novelty, Fakhreldine was already hitting the big-time as a more-than-decent Lebanese restaurant:
There was an incident a few years ago, but it had remained open:
I found this on their website. People should take down websites that aren't of use!
We're having a farewell party!
And we hope you can come to say Goodbye!
After over 30 years of trading, we have to sadly announce that 28th of October 2012 is the last day Fakhreldine Restaurant will be open.
I know it is hard to believe and we will all miss the delicious food, wonderful views over Green Park and exceptional ambiance.
We have served thousands of happy customers and we thank you all for supporting us over the years.
We are really sorry to let you go, and we would be honored if you could visit us in coming days for the last time.
Take your friends and family and lets enjoy Fakhreldine together before its gone..
I think I remember asking on here about this place a couple of years back (wanting a change from Noura and Maroush) but it was comprehensively dissed by someone (howler?) so I didnt go. That may also have been the time when I took up the suggestion to eat at Ishbilia and had one of the worst restaurant service experiences of my life.
It was the most ungracious service I can recall ever experiencing.
I was dining on my own. When I sat down, I was immediately struck by the fact that the gap between my table and the adjacent occupied 4-top was, literally, one centimetre. I asked if I could be seated at a different table - the restaurant was more than half empty. No I couldnt - no explanation offered (and it was not as though they would later be occupied). Could my table be moved away from the other one. Grudgingly (and I know when something is being done grudgingly) it was moved. Three centimetres now separated us. It meant that, for the meal, I was all but part of the neighbouring party. I felt very uncomfortable and nothing improved when the food was all but thrown onto the table.
I do not care how good the food might be, I have no intention of troubling them with my custom again.
I've been to Ishbilia quite a few times, and I've never had a bad experience with the service. I can't blame Harters for having the feelings he does about the place because I'd also not return if that had been what happened to me. I'm ready to try the other popular, Lebanese places because they all sound wonderful.