Spuntino: No Telephone, No Reservations

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Sunniest week of the year, which means rosato is on the cards in a big way. It's 6ish, and as I stroll through Soho there's a whiff of summer in the air. Finally. We make a beeline for Spuntino, and with a strike of luck, nab one of the two-person benches (let's call it a share chair) at the street-facing end of the bar. The evening glow is streaming in the window. Jackpot.

Before I can get a word in, an enamel mugful of popcorn, chilli spice optional, is plonked in front of me. Fair 'nuff. Bottle of Rosato Bardolino Monte del Fra ordered, I begin surveying the placemat/menu.

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The salt cod scotch eggs are gooey pillows of salty deliciousness. To be fair, the salt is quite pungent, but the accompanying aioli cuts through nicely. Nonetheless, I barely make a dent in them. The aioli is going down, though.

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Sliders come in quartets; pulled pork, ground beef, lamb, and prawn. All come with frills. We fire in a ground beef & bone marrow number. Winning!

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Eggplant chips with fennel yoghurt taste like a healthier take on triple cooked chips.

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A Panzanella salad is simply heirloom tomatoes & crusty bread all steeped in the most amazing olive oil. Extra virgin, and then some. This was the underdog of all the plates. Mamma mia!

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Artichokes, poached eggs, truffles, and pecorino are some of my favourite things, just sayin'. So it's no surprise that the artichoke heart, poached egg and truffle pecorino salad was a Very Kerri dish.

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All in all, I am all over Spuntino. Rock up, kick back (even in the share chair), and let the good times roll. Just thinking of how much fun a private party would be in there; all cosied up around the bar sipping Sazeracs & Negronis and chowing our way through the menu. Watch this space.

Five Very Kerri things about Spuntino

  1. Surround-bar seating
  2. Gritty New york vibes
  3. The share chair
  4. Truffle mentioned twice on the menu
  5. The soundtrack