Spuntino, Soho - My Favourite London Restaurant

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When I think about eating out in London there are tonnes of places that spring to mind. Pizza Pilgrims is great for a cheap bite, Flat Iron is always good for some yummy steak and Dishoom is next level delicious. However, my favourite London restaurant by a country mile is Spuntino in Soho. It's been around for a little while now and is the cooler little sister of the very popular Polpo. There are no tables in this place - just 27 stools sat around a very well stocked bar, which makes the vibe a lot more relaxed and informal. The drinks are great and the staff are always happy to help you choose a cocktail that you'll love.

spuntino cocktailsHowever, the real reason why I love Spuntino so much is the food. Their menu consists of Brooklyn inspired small plates - think fried chicken, epic mac & cheese and the most delicious sliders. There's always a couple of specials to choose from too - on our most recent visit we tried the ragu arancini and they were so good we ordered another one before we'd even finished it!

spuntino aranciniTheir sliders are also a thing of beauty - our favourite is the beef and bone marrow which is absolutely dripping in flavour. And if you'd rather something a little bigger, their swiss cheeseburger is one of the best burgers I've had this side of the atlantic.

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spuntino burgerTheir buttermilk fried chicken achieves the perfect balance of crunch on the outside while remaining juicy on the inside and it packs a real flavour punch too. Perhaps my favourite dish on the menu is the mac & cheese, which is so good that I had to buy the Spuntino cookbook to get my hands on the recipe! I regularly make this when we have friends over for dinner and it always goes down a treat.

spuntino fried chickenThis place always hits the spot for me - I love the laid-back atmosphere, the friendly and helpful staff and the delicious food. But best of all, I love that it gives me a little Brooklyn fix whenever I'm craving a visit to my favourite place in the world. It really does remind me of some of our fave Williamsburg hangouts and when I'm sat up at the bar in Spuntino I feel like I could *almost* be hanging out in Bedford Avenue, with the East River sparkling just a couple of blocks away.

Have you ever been to Spuntino?