Spuntino | Soho Restaurant
A few years ago Russell Norman launched Polpo, a Venetian Bacaro (or “Italian Tapas” restaurant) in Soho.
It became an instant classic, and led to him quickly opening the mini version, Polpetto, just around the corner on Dean Street.
It might have been understandable for Norman to take a gap year at that point.
Perhaps celebrate his success, do a little tap dance in the spotlight, or at least go travelling around Asia for six months. Instead he immediately started work on a third restaurant.
Spuntino launched in 2011 in a modest industrial-style space on (less than salubrious) Rupert Street, featuring a long bar where diners perch surrounded by walls stripped back to reveal faded white tiles and mosaics.
It also features edgy, tattooed bar and waiting staff: a Norman staple.
The menu of downtown Manhattan-inspired Italian sharing plates at Spuntino features everything from meatball sliders, pecorino and mint salad for the health conscious and a unique take on egg and soldiers, to mac and cheese and the pinnacle of everyone’s visit: truffled egg toast.
London’s a tough place to successfully launch one restaurant, so hitting three home runs in as many years is something special.
Mr.Norman could always have taken that well earned Gap year after launching Spuntino but, as it soon transpired, he was already hard at work setting up Polpo in Covent Garden and then Jewish-style deli Mishkin’s.
If listing all of one man’s restaurants in our list of “the best restaurants in London” wouldn’t seem weird, then we’d totally do it.
Love that guy.
NOTE: You can’t make reservations at Spuntino. They don’t even have a telephone, so just show up any time between 11am and Midnight Mon-Sat, or between noon and 11pm on Sundays. And don’t forget the truffled egg toast. Find out more on their website HERE.
Spuntino | 61 Rupert Street, Soho, London W1D 7PW
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