Enoteca Turi

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Enoteca Turi
Putney
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We arrived on a rain-lashed Wednesday evening to find this long-standing Putney local positively buzzing. In keeping with its name, Enoteca Turi has a particularly strong all-Italian wine list packed with treasures – our recommendation, an elegant pecorino, was spot-on. Pleasingly, there was none of that over-pouring designed to push diners into a second bottle either. After discovering that both the mozzarella and cuttlefish on the £32.50 set menu had run out, we made a rocky start with under-seasoned grilled squid with chilli, and a fiddly, insubstantial dish of sautéed clams. Mains proved a better bet. Lemon and rocket risotto was fresh, vibrant and perfectly al dente; calf’s liver with sage and speck proved rich and satisfying. Confusion over our final order meant we finished with a delicious almond and ricotta cake from the à la carte at no extra charge. Enoteca Turi’s kitchen could do with more consistency and a few wow factors. The decor feels a little dated too, but the restaurant’s plus points – a convivial atmosphere, great wines, faultless service and a warm heart – are proving a winning formula in a neighbourhood overrun with soulless chains.

 

Venue name: Enoteca Turi
Contact:
Address: 28 Putney High Street
London
SW15 1SQ
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-2.30pm Mon-Sat. Dinner served 7-10.30pm Mon-Thur; 7-11pm Fri, Sat
Transport: Tube: Putney Bridge tube or Putney rail or bus 14, 74, 270
Price: Main courses £11.50-£24.50. Set lunch (Mon-Sat) £17.50 2 courses, £20.50 3 courses. Set dinner (Mon-Thur) £27 2 courses, £32 3 courses

Average User Rating

2.8 / 5

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Charly L
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One of the most elegant and original Italian restaurants I've ever been to.  Don't expect pizza - the menu is far more imaginative.

PAT17

Last night was such a disappointment. Italian sausage bruscetta turned out to be sausage on a plate with three slices of thin toast to the side. The gurnard was unseasoned and coupled with 5 mussles was tasteless. Cheese , whilst delicious is a most ungenerous portion. Once the first choice for Putney, I believe there are now many much better choices.

Rob

Picked it on the spur of the moment for dinner with my parents. Were a little surprised at the price at first as TimeOut had rated it ££ but it was well worth it. Great food, great staff, great atmosphere.

Resha

I'm commenting simply because I completely disagree with the other reviews. Enoteca has been my favourite italian restaurant in london for years. The food is always amazing, tasty, inventive and in season. The service has always been great, even though I have a very picky fiancé. We are always treated with respect, having booked or not, dressed up or not! The restaurant is a bit expensive, but it's completely understandable when you look at the quality and freshness of ingredients. Compared to other "Michelin-starred" restaurants, it's VERY good value. Oh and by the way, I'm dark-skinned!!

TJ

I took out a friend of mine for dinner as it was his birthday. Wine and food were very good but no where near to what you would expect for what you have to pay although the desert wine we had was fantastic. Most of the waiting staff were OK but the main reason why we felt the evening was quite unpleasant is that we suspect, unless you are local regular customers or Caucasians, you are not really welcome. I was very uncomfortable. So, to me, the restaurant is overpriced and overrated.

Simon

I booked the restaurant for Valentines for myself and my girlfriend, after a recommendation from a colleague, and having read very good reviews. Whilst my girlfriend really enjoyed it and thought the food was excellent (well, I guess she was not paying the Valentines special price of £49.50 a head before drinks for a 3 course meal and coffee), I was thoroughly disappointed with the experience. There was barely enough space between the diners on either side of us to get to our table - on sitting down for a "romantic" meal, I felt like I should be introducing myself to the diners on either side, as we were practically a table of 6. When the gentleman next to us got up to leave, we had to move our table out of the way so he could get through (as well as dishes to one side so his jacket did not get my food on it). Although my squid starter was excellent, my suckling pig left a lot to be desired - my understanding was that the skin should have been crisp i.e. "crackling" - instead it was soft and inedible. In addition, they might have been better calling it suckling stuffing, with a little bit of pig on the side. Whilst service and wine were excellent and my girlfriend really enjoyed her meal (she had the venison), at over £160 for a meal for two (with admittedly a nice bottle of wine and some lovely amaretto to finish), I would have expected more from the restaurant than the "Valentines commercialisation" that I experienced. I think I am now fully converted to the anti-Valentines brigade and will be having a meal at home next year. Simon