Wife & I just got back from London. What a great town for twists and turns you never expect. We stayed in and spent most of our time in Soho, getting lost in the little streets strewn with bars and sex shops. It was on a street full of nothing but porn shops and gay bars that we found Spuntino (Rupert near Old Compton).
The restaurant has a West Village vibe to it. There are no more than 25 seats in the whole place, most of which are stools at the bar. The front room staff was the two bartenders. Both good looking, but dressed very hip and for the part. The playlist was a great set of old American rock and blues tunes. I was shocked to hear this stuff in London. Wife said to the bartender that she felt like she was in New York. I was curious to see his response, but he stayed as cool and nice as he did the whole time we were there, when he mentioned that was what the owner was going for. ”He got a lot of his inspiration from the New York scene. The whole Italian and Jewish thing.” He then went on to show us the Heimlich Maneuver posters in the bathroom. The “filter coffee” that is poured by diner style black kettles. The French’s yellow mustard. The music.
Any way, the place had only been open for five weeks and we were shocked since it had the lookings of a local classic. I had steak and eggs and Wife had a salad with egg and some sort of cod dressing. We split the side of gralic green (awesome). She had a glass of Sauvignon Blac (obviously) and I had a pale ale. We loved everything we got. The staff was really cool and talked to us the whole time we were there as if we were old time (5 week customers).
They have a desert that is called Peanut Butter & Jelly. The “bread” is peanut butter ice cream and the jelly is a jam. There is also peanuts sprinkled on for a crunch. Do it.
When you sit down they give you the “popcorn of the day” which is something the bartenders just seem to make up. We had lime flavor and it was pretty damn good.
Things to know before you get there:
- Go for lunch they said dinner has been pretty crazy
- Their license must include food with alcohol so you can’t order just a drink
- If you are packing an appetite get more than one dish, they are tapas style
- There is one table in the back, the rest of the seats are at the bar
- There is no phone and no reservations so you have to just show up
The street its on is small and its literally across the street from a gay club/porn shop but this should not discourage you. This place is highly recommended.
The seats Wife and I sat in.