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Spuntino @ Rupert Street, SOHO

ソーホーのSex Shopの集まるエリアに3月にオープンしたばかりのSpuntino(スプンティーノ)に行った。オープンから間もないのに、既に多くのブロガーが取り上げている(Urban Spoon参照)。それもそのはず、同じくソーホーにある「bacaro(バカロ:ベニス風ワインバー/タパスバー)」の人気店・PolpoPolpettoのオーナーの3番目の店なのだ。スナックやおつまみという意味のイタリア語「Spuntino」という名の通り、小皿料理を出すのは最初の2店と同じだが、違いはSpuntinoはアメリカン・ダイナーだということ。といっても、アメリカの田舎町のダイナーというより、ニューヨーク辺りにありそうな洒落た感じのバー&レストランだ。店内は狭く、十数席のカウンター席、そして5〜6人座れば一杯になる奥の小部屋だけだ。

店のウェブサイトは、名前が小さく刻まれた錆びついたその外観と同じく、住所と開店時間、そして「No telephone, no reservations(電話無し、予約不可)」とあるだけの、味も素っ気もないものだけれど、店の中に入ると、フレンドリーなスタッフと、食事とお喋りを楽しむ人々で賑わっている。



We went to Spuntino, just opened in March in the middle of SOHO’s sex shops. Many food bloggers already talked about this small bar & restaurant (see Urban Spoon), simply because Spuntino is the third project of the owner of SOHO’s popular ‘bacaro’ (Venetian wine bar or tapas bar), Polpo and Polpetto. All three venues serve small plates, but as the name of the shop ‘spuntino (snacks in Italian)’ suggests, the difference is Spuntino is an American-diner, though it’s not hard-core diner in small American town but more like casual chic ‘enoteca‘ in somewhere like Nolita in Manhattan. The place is teeny tiny and has only a dozen of counter stools and few more seats in a small back room.

Spuntino’s website is neither favourable nor welcoming, with harsh message of “no telephone, and no reservations” together with bare minimum information of its address and opening hours, on a rusty background, similar to their storefront with almost invisible name scratched on it. However, the inside was quite lively with people enjoying food & drink and friendly staffs.

Their food is more like nouvelle American with Italian touch, rather than authentic American. Simple and retro cutleries go well with the atmosphere of the place. We ordered Mac & Cheese (£8. I didn’t understand that Mac = maccaroni. For some reason, I thought it’s a burger, like Big Mac), Spicy sausage, lentil & radicchio (£7), and ‘Greens (£5. I don’t know what). All the plates were delicious – pipping hot Mac & cheese baked with breadcrumbs on the top, spicy sausage and mild taste of lentil in perfect harmony, and flawlessly sauteed greens. Well done, and no wonder why bloggers love this tiny place.

Almost perfect, but I don’t like their hard and uncomfortable stools… Maybe the conspiracy of popular Spuntino, so that the customers won’t stay too long. M’s complain is they have only filter coffee, but not espresso – what does he expect, it is an American diner!


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