There is an old saying about “When In Rome…”, which roughly translated means that one should adapt one’s mannerisms and general behaviour according to the accepted norms of the people into whose natural habitat one happens to have intruded.
The eternal conundrum though is, when in a Clapham pizza restaurant, is one in Rome or in London? Culturally speaking, I mean.
Specifically, if one happens to be somewhere inside the Eco Restaurant, general held to be one of the finest restaurants in Clapham Common, at breakfast time, does one opt for the English or the continental?
The difference could not be more pronounced. The former is a typically generous platter of sausages, bacon, eggs, tomato and mushrooms, with optional ketchup or brown source and often accompanied by a mug of hot tea or coffee.
The latter, on the other hand, is a comparatively light combination of croissants with sundry jams, marmalades and spreads combined with thinly-sliced offerings of meat.
Unbeknown to some, there are further options available with which to satisfy the particularly discerning morning palette. One that particularly catches the eye is called the “pink prosecco breakfast”, which combines a choice of eggs benedict, smoked salmon with scrambled egg or a Full English with a glass of pink prosecco – a refreshing pink sparkling wine.
What the reader may not be aware of is that Eco’s extensive breakfast menu offers all three, and constituent parts thereof, as well as kippers, bruscettas, fruit salads, breads and pastries.
Eco may be a pizza restaurant, but it is so much more than just a pizza restaurant.
So when you are in Clapham, in an Italian restaurant, do you go English or continental? Fried slice or pancetta? Sausage or salami?
Actually, it’s your choice.