loti eats | bottles

Spitalfields’ latest opening is Bottles, an Italian wine bar from the co-founders of Bottles & Battles in Mercato Metropolitano. Teaming up with SOOD Family, who look after the kitchen, Bottles is where your relationship with wine is taken up a notch or two. It’s a beautiful spot, with exposed bricks, vintage fruit crates, distressed leather stools and a gold and blue theme.

The wine list, as you’d imagine is extensive, though we were in good hands as every member of the Bottles team is a sommelier in their own right. We started with a sparkling rosé, a crisp and sharp Malibran ‘Sottoriva’ Col Fondo Nv Italy Veneto. We were fed facts on the fermentation process, the grapes, the region and made a mental note to look into visiting northern Italy next year (pipe dreams).

With every great wine comes a great plate of food to match and SOOD have it nailed. We heavily relied on our new wine friends to carefully choose dishes and wine based on our ideal pairing. The cacio and pepe rice balls with pecorino and mozzarella was a dish you just wanted to stuff down immediately, aka the best kind of food. Our second dish was the handmade spaghetti all’ amatriciana that came with crispy guanciale and pecorino – another beaut. This was paired with an Antonio Camillo, Morellino Di Scansano, a red that was strong enough to compete but without being too full bodied, overpowering or heavy.

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We did love being inside this place thanks to the attention to detail, the knowledge from the people who clearly have a passion for wine and of course, the beautiful Italian food. For a quick drink, a romantic dinner or an immersive jump into the world of wine new and old, Bottles is where it’s at.

67 Brushfield Street, London, E1 6AA