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Spuntino (Restaurant)

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61 Rupert Street, Soho, London, W1D 7PW
Cuisine: American
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Spuntino Review

Top 10 things to know about Spuntino bar and restaurant:

1) The two most important bits of information to pique your curiosity are that Spuntino is the cool, grungy brother of Polpo and Polpetto; and that it’s conveniently located on Rupert Street in Soho, a world of opportunities close by, beyond its dark, brooding walls (proximity to Piccadilly Circus station, Soho’s best clubs, the shopping bonanza of Regent Street, and the West End’s many theatres and cinemas are just the beginning!).

2) Swipe right; swipe right; swipe right; then wait; and suddenly: bingo, come on down, we have ourselves a winner! Hot date in the bag, look no further than Spuntino as the venue to start, or even end, your initial encounter with your next significant other. This cool, industrial, almost unfinished, New York interior screams out for couples, sat side by side, cosy at the bar, caught in an engaging parley, yet elbow-to-elbow with other Londoners doing exactly the same right next door.

3) Our personal favourite is the daytime date to a gallery or museum nearby to get the conversational juices flowing. This leads to a late brunch at Spuntino where the debrief and get-to-know-you continues over unlimited prosecco for £18.

4) The brunch menu is especially geared towards lovers (or good pals), focusing on classic sharing plates, sides, and snacks. Don’t shy away from the medium-rare steak and eggs though; it arrives pre-sliced on an army-issue tin plate, topped with gooey orange yolks, ready to slurp, lick and munch on, in tandem, whilst gazing into one another’s eyes (kiss me, you egg-dribbler!).

5) Eschew the temptation for normal fries and burgers. Mini sliders in pork, beef, prawn and vegetarian varieties are much more fun, especially accompanied by a round of eggplant chips with fennel yoghurt, or zucchini, ricotta and mint frittata. My my, this date is going swell!

6) Use the fitting background music of classic disco and soul (Kool & the Gang, Bill Withers, Marvin Gaye, Candi Staton) to get those shoulders swaying and maybe take a chance on a flirtatious shoulder-bump.

7) If the mood tires, immediately order a duo of honey brew martinis from the vivacious Kiwi hostess behind the bar and ready yourself for a holy reinvention of what you thought you knew as the espresso martini. Diminutive in size, the reigniting qualities that lie within abound. If he/she doesn’t want a second date with you after just one sip, you might as well call it a night.

8) Be aware: there is a Hollywood dessert being touting on the menus and chalk boards that goes by the name Dutch Baby. Although a mean-looking adversary, it does require a lengthy wait to cook. Besides, one serving of the Brooklyn toast is where you’ll find all the answers to your sweet-addled questions: chocolate ice cream sandwiched betwixt two pieces of French toast, salted; two spoons.

9) Humans who do not arrive in the required paired format will not be turned away at the door. A colourful annex decorated with animated art and lit by a glass ceiling provides a snug retreat for small birthday parties, pre-clubbing meet-ups and boozy sloppiness behind the velvet curtain (booking advisable). Equally, lone diners can comfortably perch at the bar amongst the vibe, feeding off the energy, engrossed in a crisp copy of The Economist and a mimosa.

10) Nobody is allowed to leave without first sampling something from the fine array of bourbons, Scotch, whiskey and rye (Knob Creek, Bulleit, Rittenhouse, Tincup et al). If nothing else, this final drink will seal the deal.
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Customer Reviews for Spuntino

Average (based on 3 votes): 3 Atmosphere: Value: Quality:

The following customer reviews are not endorsed by Fluid London and are simply those of users who wish to publish their independent experiences of Spuntino.

“Very good indeed. Went for lunch in Jan, not busy (so not always the queues out of the door you are led to believe!) Friendly service, very laid back but attentive. Toilets spotless. Food was very good - especially things like the much talked about Truffled Egg Toast. Excellent slaw, definitely one to try and recreate at home for the summer. Sliders were good, perhaps not quite as good as I'd been led to believe they were going to be. But overall very good. Out of the 10 things we ordered, only the Mac & Cheese was a let down. Looked so good on the man next to ours plate that we ordered it - shouldn't have bothered, especially as it was £9. Liked the general 'easiness' of the place. But it's a diner - don't go for a posh dinner. Just pop-in, eat and go. 3 of us, with a bottle of water and a bottle of decent wine was £95, including service.”
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Ashley, Kent (6 years 8 months 7 days ago)

“Believe the hype. This restaurant-diner in Soho is fantastic. Perfectly for couples as practically all the seating is round the bar. Order small plates (we shared the mac&cheese and the eggplant chips with fennel yoghurt - yum) and check out all the other people sat close-by. Great music policy and the staff are very friendly and achingly cool too. I recommend the liquorice ice cream too.”
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The Restaurant Hunter, London (6 years 10 months 22 days ago)

“My favourite place in London, the atmosphere is incredible - you feel like part of a club when you're sitting around the edges of the bar tucking in to sliders and truffle toast - if you don't know what they are then you have to go, while you're there don't forget to check out the PB&J dessert - amazing. Lovely bartender too, try and get Sean to look after you, he does a great job at it and makes a mean Negroni”
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Sam Beckford, Billericay (7 years 3 months 3 days ago)

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