Spuntino Soho – Searching for my ‘Street-cool’ badge:
Well, OK, so, this was another of my ‘two lunches in one day’ events. We arrived at around 2.30pm to relative tranquillity and no queues. And, we sat at the bar, with the little trough that holds water glasses and condiments and ordered the predictable but must be tried slider, skinny fries and truffled egg toast. I’m still alive and I kind of liked it. I went into Spuntino’s expecting street cool detachment and had visions of being thrown out for lack of appropriate hip clothing. The reality was a cosy bar with friendly staff and enough other punters not to make it feel dead.
The food was really pretty good too. I could smell the truffle on the truffled egg toast, and if I happened to LIKE egg, then this rather gooey mess of egg, cheese and sliced bread seasoned with truffle would have been perfect for a wet spring day.
Instead, I found space for a tiny but perfectly formed beef and bone marrow slider and a large bowl of curly potato fries.
The bill for our afternoon snack, with two small glasses of wine was around £25. Really not bad for playing at being cool for an hour or so and escaping the persistent rain into a warm and friendly atmosphere.
I’d probably avoid the place any time there was a queue (the bar staff said they served popcorn to patient punters from around 5.30pm onward). But that’s just me. If you want to be cool these days, you queue and enjoy. I’m getting to quite like Russell Norman’s restaurants, it’s like being part of a Woody Allen script without the angst and stage-fright.
61 Rupert Street
London W1D 7PW