Italian beach themed restaurant Spiaggia is the perfect antidote to the cold and wet of pre-Christmas London. A laid-back dining experience of Italian beach food alongside tasty cocktails and interesting beers.
What more could you want on a Tuesday night? That was rhetoric, I didn’t want anything else. Spiaggia’s commitment to the beach theme is impressive and it really transports you out of London. Lovingly sand blasted wooden flooring, cane pillars, pale blue and yellow walls and even the toilets are stylised beach huts.
What of the food? I hear you cry. It was ruddy delicious. We shared some smoked chicken and cheese croquets for a starter, which were nicely toasted and very tasty. I went for tagliolini al gamberi, which was sautéed prawns in lemon and garlic sauce. This really did get the taste buds tingling and the sauce was rich with flavour. If you go for this, I’d also add a few drops of tabasco. A fantastic dish.
My trusty companion joined the Sergio Club, which wasn’t the Sergio Aguero fan club, it was a delicious club sandwich included roast turkey (seasonal), pancetta bacon and loads of lovely other components. I was assured it was delicious, as I happily polished off my prawn dish.
The service was excellent, with very cheerful and personable staff recommending a Nutella and banana piadina (or crepe). Like the rest of the food, this was quickly demolished and washed down with an excellent Menabrea beer, which was from Italy’s oldest brewery.
Spiaggia also has a lower deck, which has an even more laid-back vibe. You can unwind on sun-loungers, play fuseball or even classic arcade games like Pac-Man or Donkey Kong. This space is available for private hire and would make an ideal birthday party venue. On Monday’s they show films down here, and recently showed The Beach and Mandela.
I’ll be sure to head down for a film night in January and some delicious food and drinks. Come and join me.
Written by Martin Stocks | @Stocks1986