Discovery #5: Spuntino
My friend Laura introduced me to this place. It’s one of those you’d-walk-past-it-if-you-didn’t-know-it-was-here kind of places located in what I would call the hip and cool Soho scene. A long bar in a U shape is where you eat, seated in a long line next to people you don’t know, other than your friends of course. There are no reservations, Laura and I got there at around 4pm, it was relatively quiet and we were seated straight away. Although that wasn’t the case when we left around 6.30pm as we were greeted with a line queuing to get in. My advice get there early, and trust me it will be worth it. Whilst ordering cocktails we were presented with spicy popcorn to dig into, and Laura introduced me to the wonderful world of cocktails containing raw egg white. Now I know what you are thinking, exactly the same as I was, yuck! But this was a sweet, perfectly chilled pink fruity delight and the egg white gave the drink a frothy, almost ethereal character. As for food, we shared a salad that featured soft-boiled eggs and rocket, simple and exquisitely executed. Then we ventured into the sliders, mini burgers full of epic ingredients like pulled pork, lamb, prawns and ground beef and bone marrow. Pair that with the shoestring fries and you’ll be a happy fellow indeed.
I’ve had Butter Beer before at Harry Potter World Universal Studio’s in Florida, and it was amazing. You could get it in a slushy iced version and a normal cold frothy topped drink and they were both equally fabulous. Apparently J.K Rowling said that when she tasted it for the first time it was exactly how she had imagined it would taste when she wrote it. Don’t get me wrong the Orlando Harry Potter World is fabulous, but there’s something extra magical about going on the actual Studio Tour where they filmed everything. This was my present to my boyfriend for his birthday (also a bit for myself) and the tour is none other than magical! I even got to pretend ride a broomstick, that’s right we are both massive Harry Potter geeks! But back to the Butter Beer, it’s frothy, fizzy, smooth and sweet. The drink is drawn from a tap, like a beer, and the whipped, marshmallow like topping is added from a separate tap. If you mixed good quality cream soda with butterscotch, proper vanilla ice cream and shortbread biscuits and topped it with foam that tastes like a butterscotch Werther’s original sweet, you’d get close to what it tastes like. The real recipe is of course a guarded secret and for something served cold is surprisingly comforting. A drink highlight most definitely, one I might try and recreate!
Has anyone else been to the Harry Potter Studio Tour? Would you queue to get into Spuntino?