Hello. If you don’t remember me I’m the girl that used to blog over here. Hi. How ya doin’.
Sorry I’ve been away for so long – I took a wee break from blogging as there are quite a lot of things going on with me at the moment. I’ve been to a lot of events lately (which I will be writing up very soon), have declared my self-employment and started a new job, am moving out and moving house in mid-June, and have been so crazy busy it’s been a little ridiculous. So no wonder I’ve disappeared from the blogosphere for a short time.
Today I’m not giving you anything fancy, this is good, honest food, located in the heart of London’s Soho, and really at times like this that’s what you need.
Spuntino had a great advertising campaign. Months before they opened they were all over Twitter, creating buzz, posting the odd photo, chatting to people. I had it marked down on my list of places to try out even before I’d heard anything about it.
Egg & soldiers; truffled egg toast; calamari, chickpeas and ink; duck ham salad.
It was good. In fact, it was so good it was worth a second visit, particularly as I’d neglected to bring my camera with me the first time.
Mac ‘n cheese; braised chicory with parma ham.
The food consists of American classics and nouveau cuisine, served up tapas style with small plates, perfect for sharing, a trend that has hit London somewhat later than New York. The owner of Spuntino is the same as Polpo and Polpette, Italian-themed tapas joints in the same area. You may think that I was a little American food-ed out, having recently returned from my big trip, but no, it seems I can’t get enough of it. Guess who’s living on the wrong continent?
For the second dinner, two old friends I hadn’t seen for a long time were accompanying me and the casual atmosphere was perfect for catching-up, if a little on the noisier side. The Truffled egg toast was fantastic, the duck ham salad very interesting. The mac ‘n cheese was a bit hit and miss, but worth a try. With no reservations taken and only two places to sit, at the bar and at a solo table, a long line was forming along the back wall. It was perhaps a little disconcerting having somebody peering over your shoulder as you ate, the restaurant was not huge after all, but if you could forget they were there or find yourself on the second table you’d be fine.
Cheesecake with grappa prunes; PB & J.
However, the real winner of the meal was the PB & J. It really is a genius dessert: frozen peanut butter, cut into blocks, sandwiched with blueberry jam and topped with peanut brittle. There are no words to describe just how delicious this actually is – I may have to attempt to recreate it at home. The first time I went to Spuntino our server told us that they had experimented with the dish quite a lot – it was a firm favourite amongst the staff – but eventually had decided that the easiest way to create a frozen peanut butter component was just to, uh, freeze actual peanut butter. That’s a win in my book.
The only real problem with Spuntino is that the wait time can be a little long. We sat for a while, waiting for servers to take our order or remove dishes, but as we were deep in conversation it didn’t bother me as much. If anything I prefer to have a leisurely meal without feeling that the staff are rushing you. At about £10-15 per head the price is fairly decent, more importantly you’re left pretty full – two to three dishes per person ends up being quite a lot! And besides, that’s an excellent price for a little bit of America in London – one I’d happily pay.
61 Rupert Street
London W1D 7PW
Mon-Sat: 11am – midnight
Sun: 12pm – 11pm
Until next time, peace and love.