Ok, so we’ve established that I am severely behind the trend and yes, I’ll even admit that I still haven’t been to either Polpo or Polpetto (I should be ashamed, no?) but when I laid eyes on this one blog which talked about Spuntino’s peanut butter & jelly ice cream sandwich, I knew it had my name on it.

Screw Polpo and Polpetto, I’m heading straight for their little brother.

Considering Spuntino only opened in March (like, one whole month ago) the fact that I’ve been shows my ambition, my dedication, my desperation… whatever you wanna call it. Being aware of  Spuntino’s no reservation rule and their seating space for all of about 18 around the bar, I also went stupidly early. 6pm on Good Friday, I’m there eager and partially drooling, excited to get that PB&J into my food hole.

The place is actually really groovy and the barmen are groovier. Totally cute in that moustached, 50’s Italian in NYC, lindy-hopping kinda way. And before you even order, they bring a serve of olive oil laced popcorn. Cute guys and popcorn. I sure ain’t complaining ;)

Now, we all know that I’m not capable of eating all that much right now (seriously, last night I had dinner at Tokyo Diner and dessert from Candy Cafe? I came home and spent the next two hours doubled over on the couch, clasping onto my abdomen. Not cool. But anyway…) but I’d heard all sorts of good things about the sliders at Spuntino and you know, they’re also itty bitty bite sized.

They have four sliders on the menu and I ordered two – a ground beef & marrow slider and a lamb & pickled cucumber slider. FIrstly, CUTENESS. Secondly, they were both delicious. Thirdly, I totally love the lamb & pickled cucumber one more… somehow the meat was tastier and the oozing cheese… and pickles. It was more like a burger, whereas the ground beef & marrow tasted like a giant (albeit delicious) meatball.

Other flavours are spiced mackerel and also salt beef. I’m getting those next.

Panu had a somewhat more substantial meal, starting with the truffle egg toast. Squidgy toast, gloopy cheese, an oozing egg and truffle. He said it was pretty much like a cheese fondue, and the truffle added the much needed kick to bring this dish from meh to YEAH. He also had steak & eggs, which took a stupendously long time to come out considering the steak was cooked perfectly, which means it would’ve taken about two minutes.

Not much to say about steak & eggs. I mean, it’s steak & eggs. That’s it.

Another thing I knew I needed to have at Spuntino was a serving of the shoestring fries. I love crispy fries. I always dig out the extra burnt crispy end bits in a pack and wish they were all born that way. Lucky for me, Spuntino does crispy fries awesomely and better yet, they’re curly too!

And of course, the star of the show, the peanut butter & jelly ice cream sandwich. I can’t even say that out loud without a grin spreading across my face. For those of you who don’t know, I’m addicted to a little sumthin’ called Goober Grape and well, I’m also just a tiny little bit (or like, a lot) inclined towards ice cream. This dessert is like having two of my favourite fantasies smooshed into one. With candied nuts sprinkled on top.

Oh my god. Right?

Well, it sure lived up to expectations. Two slices of “toast” or as you would have it, peanut butter ice cream (proper, creamy, peanut buttery too) sandwiching some cherry jam – the jam’s got a bite to it, which is perfect against the sweet ice cream. I can’t imagine a better dessert to have right now and seriously, if you like you ol’ PB&J, you sooooo need to have one of these.

Overall, loved Spuntino but from about 6.15pm onwards there’s a queue so if I were you, go early or go really really late. But go!

Spuntino
61 Rupert Street
Soho, W1D 7PW
No phone number, no reservations
website

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17 Thoughts on “Spuntino and *that* PB&J ice cream sandwich

  1. Wow this looks amazing. I wanted to go and try the sliders before, but now seeing this I MUST go and try the PBJ sandwich as I’m drooling!

  2. I wanted to go before I left, but ran out of time. And OMG the PB&J ice cream sandwich. I am so totally there.

  3. Why does it seem like Panu was eating breakfast while you ate dinner? The fries do look fantastic and I love that they are curly like I used to get when I was a kid.

  4. Oh my gosh Catty I don’t know if this is what I should be looking at so early in the morning but that peanut butter sandwich looks like a killer!

  5. Anne: Yes, in fact do like me and have sliders and then the PB&J sammich. Perfect! ;)

    Su-yin: Ah, well it’ll be there when you return and you can go every day!

    London Lady: Hahaha true huh? I don’t know what happened there but you’re right, his meals are very breakfassy! I love curly fries too!

    Maria: hahahaha probably not great to be craving that first thing in the morning, but it really is delicious :)

  6. Glad you liked it. I really enjoyed my PB&J dessert too!

    Hope you are doing well.

    LF

  7. Lookin’ goooood, Catty. Oh man, I can almost taste it.
    You need to eat nothing but bullions, and jello for about 10 days. Didn’t they have you do that after the surgery??? It keeps you from starving while it gives your innards the chance to heal all squeaky-clean. If you’ve already been there and done that, and you are still hurting from food, you need to see your doctor because it shouldn’t hurt anymore. PaLEEEZE take care of yourself, dear heart.

  8. Nice pictures! I also want my fries to be crispy :)

  9. LF: I’m doing ok – and yes I loved Spuntino. Must get my butt to Polpo and Polpetto too!

    Linda: Awww sweets thanks for your worry. I did have the all liquid diet for a week and then soft foods diet etc. The surgery has healed but because I haven’t eaten a lot, when I eat too much I get crazy indigestion and IBS… so it’s just a matter of slowly eating more and more again!

    Katarina: crispy fries ROCK! :)

  10. OK I loved everything in this post. Like everything. The slider with bone marrow sounds amazing, now all I want is that for my dinner!

  11. PBJ ice cream sandwhich! sounds amazing! looks amazing! cant wait to try it.

    Glad to hear that youre feeling better catty. Must be really hard to resist not eating too much. (I had the same thing as you with the crazy indigestion) but sometimes the food is just too good and you have to suffer the consequences after. Hope your stomach gets stronger soon! :)

  12. Loved this place! So happy I made it when I was in London.

  13. Lorraine: come to London! come to London! ;)

    Viv: Doesn’t it sound amazing? It IS! I am definitely getting better and I just have to start training myself to eat more again. Or try not to be so greedy!

    The Minty: Ah, so glad you made it there :)

  14. We went for brunch and just slid straight into lunch! Nb, the truffled egg toast makes a pretty darn good hangover feast…. and the PB and J is good any time of the day.

  15. Made it their yesterday finally! (so you were not the last blogger to go ;) Was completely drunk by the time I reached the front of the queue, and loved the food! Cute little burgers they are and the peanut butter sandwich! you just have to love them.

  16. Man that does look pretty seriously tasty. They seem to be doing some inventive stuff. I can’t wait to try it.

  17. Tori: the sliders are also good for any time of the day – you’ve gotta try them next time!

    Ute: Haha wooh there is someone slower than me :) It’s good that they have cocktails to keep you going while you wait!

    Tom: They sure are – you’re in London soon, right? You should definitely go!

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