Simon's Place is a Dublin institution. Anyone who went to college in the 80s or 90s will almost certainly have whiled away hours of their life in this busy hub. A place that that for all its vigour never as much as shot a stern sideways glance at lingering wasters whose coffee cup was long drained.
The spirit of Simon's Place is one of community. It welcomes all: artists, students, workers, chancers, passers-by. It has never bowed to fashion or fad, as it has witnessed a city in the grip of culinary overhaul over two decades, without flinching, or changing. Testament to that is its queen of soups, the General Vegetable, a staple that would make up the first course of my last supper. Even today, if I'm getting over a cold or flu, the first thing I crave is that delicious soup. I once asked Simon the owner for the recipe and he gave it to me. It's ridiculously unfussy - the perfect recipe. I tried to make it but it just didn't taste the same. Perhaps my pathological inability to properly stick to a recipe, but I'm not sure I really wanted to anyway. Because it's never just what you eat, is it? It's where you eat it.
It still serves the same limited selection of pre-made sandwiches: avocado, cheese, tuna and so forth - hand-wrapped in the clingfilm with the twists in the end - and the introduction of the barista coffee machine is perhaps the only nod to a post-filter culture to be seen, and that one can only be good.
Want to put up a couple of posters for your upcoming gig in one of the few places in Dublin where you can do this for free? Go right ahead. Want to sit by yourself for a while and people-watch, develop your novel plot, read your book or just muse about life without feeling self conscious? Be their guest. Want to hatch a counter-cultural plan to overthrow something or other, or just change the world fundamentally in five days? Downstairs is a good start. Want to engage in conversation with a stranger, about something esoteric, cranky or otherwise. There's a good change they're sitting close by waiting for a smile and nod.
Simon's Place - there's nowhere else quite like it. Well, maybe Grogan's pub, another stalwart to consistency in a trend-strangulated world. Just without the alcoholism.
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