The Handbook headed over to Spitalfields for a little supper on a dark and blustery Monday night. The restaurant? Enoteca Super Tuscan down the winding alley, Artillery Passage. Why? Well 1) we had heard great things 2) they are about to join the whole of Italy to celebrate the country’s truffle and porcini season and being lovers of truffle we had to go down and try some of the dishes.
We arrived to find the small intimate restaurant, a mix of booths, small tables and bar stools, was busy for a Monday and yet the atmosphere was relaxed and quiet.
We started with an Aperol spritz, and were brought over a plate of olives, truffle popcorn (incredible) and bruschetta with puree which was rather like cold broccoli in a paste on bread, a little odd we thought.
To start we say order several little plates, so that you can all get stuck in and dig into a little bit of this and a little bit of that. From the regular menu we ordered the Burrata a big hunk of creamily delicious cheese arrived on top of a mound of rocket with ham, tomatoes and balsamic glaze, too big for one, perfect for two. From the specials that night we chose the arancini, stuffed with mozzarella and infused with truffle – if they’re still on the menu then they are a must. We also went for the gnocchi, little floury parcels that were also stuffed with mozzarella and served with red pesto. It was nice but nice is well just nice. Bland would be going too far but it lacked a punch, a hit of flavour, perhaps a little spice over the gnocchi?
Following on from this we again opted for 2 dishes from the specials menu, grilled swordfish that was light, perfectly cooked and matched perfectly with the 2012 Bonnachi Vernaccia Di San Gimignano. We couldn’t wait to try the tortellini after hearing it was served in a rich mushroom and truffle cream sauce and we weren’t disappointed, it was superbly cooked and the perfect size.
To finish we had the pumpkin and coconut gelato, their Halloween offering, creamy and delicious and gelato affogato to perk us up again, as we were getting rather sleepy!
With lovely staff, Emma in particular was wonderfully helpful, a great atmosphere and food to match, Super Tuscan is a little gem that shouldn’t be missed.