It’s one of those places I’ve walked by a gazillion times and never actually entered. But I have been curious these many years there whether or not Spaghetti House was any good.
A recent invitation to review the Spaghetti House near Oxford Circus provided the chance to find out.
As the old adage goes, when in Spaghetti House do as the Spaghetti House-ans do. So I had some spaghetti – a big plate of it with polpettine in a red wine and tomato sauce with porcini mushrooms (£13.25). It was good. I had the pleasure of dining with Kemey, and for her main she tried something from the limited run Portland Crab Menu, the crab linguine with cherry tomatoes (£16.95). I think that crab menu is out or on the way out soon. In its place is a new Native Lobsters Special Menu. Here’s a link to the lobster menu: spaghettihouse.co.uk/offers/lobsterspecials.
Before our pasta we both enjoyed a starter of calamari fritti with aioli (£7.95). The dish was ample, especially for a starter course and as tasty as or tastier than most I’ve had in town. For dessert I enjoyed a few scoops of gelato (three for £4.95); the best was the amaretto. Kemey had the profiteroles with chocolate sauce (£5.95).
A refreshing Aperol Spritz (£5.95) quenched my thirst just fine but Kemey’s Negroni (£5.95) was way off what it should have tasted like. That was our only complaint of the evening. We weren’t sure if that’s just how they make it or if she got a dud.
Service was swift and friendly. The location was ideal for our outing the evening we visited, close to events in Mayfair and Soho we were attending and steps from Oxford Circus Station. I sat facing the window on Argyll Street and had fun watching the non-stop parade of people of all stripes strutting by.
Spaghetti House is located at Palladium House, 1-4 Argyll Street, W1F 7TD with ten other locations across London. Find out more at spaghettihouse.co.uk.