Sri Lankan restaurant to take Spuntino Soho site

By Sophie Witts contact

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The current Spuntino Soho site
The current Spuntino Soho site

Related tags: Casual dining, Sri lanka, Restaurant

Sri Lankan restaurant Paradise is to take over the current Spuntino site in London's Soho later this year.

Spuntino will close at the end of July before Paradise opens this autumn.

The restaurant is the first solo project for owner Dom Fernando, who has brought in chef Charith Priyadarshana to create dishes drawn from his family’s homeland of Sri Lanka.

The menu is described as featuring “British and Sri Lankan ingredients prepared with modern panache” with dishes set to include hoppers; kothu roti; slow roasted pork cheek curry; and a jackfruit biryani.

There’ll also be a small wine list focusing on organic and biodynamic growers, while a menu of house-batched cocktails will feature Arrack-O-Lada, made with coconut cream and burnt jackfruit and pineapple syrup, and a Tamarind Chilli Martini.

The 30-cover space will keep the site’s stripped-back aesthetic, but with new furniture, foliage and crafts to create a “warm yet raw” space. Dan Preston, who has designed Kiln, Smoking Goat and Brat, is behind the interior refit.

Spuntino’s owners are looking to relocate the restaurant to a larger location, and have offered a £10,000 finder’s fee​ to anyone who can find an off-market opportunity.

Related topics: Openings, Casual Dining

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