It is not very often that you come across a restaurant which has such a profound impact on your every day life. As someone quite well versed in dining out, it comes as no surprise that one tends to think of themselves as quite the discerning gentleman when it comes to picking from a menu and scrutinising every morsel to pass your lips. In fact I quite enjoy pointing out where the vegetables were overcooked or the accompanying sauce which suffers from a bitter after-taste due to chef being frivolous with his twist of the pepper.
Having passed Pertutti on many occasions, I had always written it off. From the outside it looks perfectly quaint, with understated opulence in its design. However, the lack of bodies inside matched with an equally lack of smokers to the fore, basking in plumes and talking about how busy and important their lives are gave the impression that this can't surely be one of 'the places' to be. This was until I dined here.
The service is second to none. A warm greeting (and I have now been back on several occasions, for several different events) always awaits you, truly service with a smile. Whilst perusing the menu you are not forced into feeling you have to rush your decision, quite the opposite in fact. If you wish to sit there, sipping your wine and peering at the open kitchen whilst watching the chefs act out a melodic and fascinating display then this is perfectly fine. I implore you to remember this when visiting and try not to be drawn in by their mystique!
I digress. You want to know about the food. THIS is the reason it is impossible to decide so quickly. The menu is not vast, but you can be assured that, whatever you order, it will be superbly fresh and leave you wanting for more. Their tapas selection is a wonderful addition which acts as both light snacks or a meal in itself. Reasonably charged is a complete understatement. A massive selection of no less than 8 plates for a mere £15 and you will instantly wonder why other tapas providers in the area have been overcharging you for years. From salt cod, which for those northerners amongst us can only be considered the best fish finger you'll ever have in your life, to the risotto and mozzarella balls (which have become a fond favourite amongst my circle of friends) not only is this affordable, it's uniquely traditional!
The mains provide for a superb selection of meats, pastas and fish. Nothing strikes up my taste buds like reading their specials board which frequently consists of lobster mixed with freshly made pastas. I am no critic, I couldn't possibly recreate the eloquence which those boards consist of to make you truly wish to sample everything available to you. Again, reasonable priced anywhere from the £10.00 mark to around £15.00.
I am not a desert person at all, they do very little for me in terms of enjoyment or weight however about a month ago my group had the joys of trying their chocolate fondant with salt caramel. It was SO good that following dining at a well known restaurant on Kings Street, we ventured to Pertutti just for desert!
In all you may have gathered I have a somewhat slight fondness for this restaurant. My friends and I have found ourselves being very selective in who we tell about it because it's like a hidden gem we want to keep to ourselves. Whether drinks after work with a few plates of tapas are needed or a romantic sanctuary by night in which to allow your potential loved one to feel pampered, Pertutti is not just a restaurant, it is a destination in its own right.
Highly recommended, but please don't tell your friends!
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