Review: Speroni’s Restaurant

By - Thursday 6th March, 2014

Anne Giles discovers the culinary delights of the Mediterranean at a restaurant owned by Crystal Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni

Speroni’s Restaurant, 4 Tudor Court, Russell Hill Road, Purley CR8 2LA
Time from East Croydon   15 minutes

The bar area at Speroni’s. Image author’s own.

My husband and I decided to try this one out, having read about it in one of our local newspapers. It is owned by Julian Speroni, of the Crystal Palace Football Club, and Cristian Barrionuevo, the Argentine who also owns the Buenos Aires Restaurant, a few doors down. There is some parking outside, but also a large car park which can be reached by turning immediately left along an alleyway and it is free in the evenings.

We booked a table, although there was no need because it was at 3pm on a Sunday. This Mediterranean restaurant serves food influenced by Italian, Argentine and Spanish cuisines and opened in December. They have a Facebook page and their website should be up and running by 31st March.

It states on the menu that one can mention one’s dietary requirements

The menu was very tempting and I would have liked to have tried everything on it! After perusing it for some time, we both opted for a starter of Pulpo a la Gallega (warm Spanish octopus with potatoes, paprika, Maldon salt and extra virgin oil, served with rocket and watercress). My husband Steve had caramelised pork belly with sweet potato wedges, garlic, chilli and mustard relish, and my main course was chicken speroni (bacon-wrapped chicken breast stuffed with spinach, brie cheese and mushroom, provenzal potato wedges and basil mayonnaise). All this was washed down with a nice glass of Argentine Malbec each. The dessert we both chose was crema Catalana (their version of crème brulee – milk, egg, sugar, cornflour – no cream). At my request they gave us some dulce de leche (crème caramel spread) to go with it and even brought us another pot each later! We had a decaffeinated espresso at the end. The total bill for three courses, wine and coffee, including service charge, was under £70 which we thought was very reasonable as the service was excellent.

The starter of Spanish octopus with potatoes and paprika. Image author’s own.

Another plus is that it states on the menu that one can mention one’s dietary requirements. I don’t eat wheat and they were very accommodating. They are open on Mondays and Tuesdays from 6 to 10pm, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 6 to 11pm and Sundays midday till 10pm. We would certainly go again and I hope you will all be tempted to as well.

Anne Giles

Anne Giles

I grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the daughter of an Anglo-Argentine mother and English father. I went to an English school and worked for a British company out there before coming to live in the U.K. I spent many years teaching Spanish in adult education in various centres in Croydon Borough and have got to know so many different areas – North and South. We have been living in Selsdon since 1989 and I love it. I feel passionately about Croydon and have spent many years writing blogs – firstly for the Croydon Advertiser, then the Croydon Guardian, and eventually my own blog entitled “The Good Life in Croydon”. I am very much involved in the community, attending regular meetings with the Croydon Community Police Consultative Group and am also a member of the British Transport Police PACT (Police & Community Together) Team.

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