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Russell Norman’s original take on a Venetian bácaro has spawned siblings and imitators across the capital, but Polpo’s queues still start early, whether you’re after a hit in the overflow Campari bar downstairs or a berth in the warmly lit dining room. The genre-defining mix of ‘rough edges’, brick walls and deliberately scuffed plaster, with brown-paper menus and glass tumblers atop worn tables feels too ‘cool’ for some, but great-value small plates win over most punters: try gooey arancini or anchovy-and-chickpea crostini, followed by rich meatballs on spaghettini or cuttlefish in a silky black-ink risotto – a dish that enjoys an evangelical following. Carafes of house wine(served in three different sizes) keep the bill from climbing, as do competitively priced all-Italian bottles. On the downside, ‘brusque’, scatty service can sometimes rub customers up the wrong way, however.

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  1. Polpo! A restaurant in Beak Street that has been on my list of places to go for about five years.

    Polpo is Russell Norman's take on a Venetian Bacaro serving small plates of delicious Italian favourites.

    The interior of Polpo is shabby chic with rough wooden floors and tables and exposed brick walls; the effect is rustic, laid back and inviting...
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  1. Published : Wednesday, 8 January 2014

    Livelifelovecake :: Chats and Nibbles at Polpo, Soho

    When my friend KK needed someone to speak to and no one else was available, I offered my ear even though I wasn’t feeling at all well suffering from a mild chest infection. A quick dinner wouldn’t hurt I thought and may even leave me feeling slightly better. In appreciation, KK agreed to go to tapas-style Italian, Polpo, even though she hates sharing.

    There are a few Polpo restaurants in London with this one being in Soho. We arrived early as you cannot book and the place is hugely popular, luckily we were shown to a table straight away. The room was dimly lit and packed full of couples and groups of friends, I really liked the vibe but it was impossible to take quality photos due to the low light so a pain for bloggers like me (I hope the new camera I got for Christmas means I will no longer have this problem!)...
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  1. Published : Friday, 9 August 2013

    S.W. Foodie :: Polpo

    Polpo has taken London by storm and now serves its Venetian delicacies in three different locations. The name describes the place perfectly - 'a humble restaurant serving simple food and local wines'. It couldn't be more spot on. The relaxed atmosphere is what I like most about Polpo. Friendly staff from the moment you walk in serving warming and delicious foods that silences a table...
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  1. Published : Friday, 9 August 2013

    Life of a Londoner... :: Polpo

    Polpo has taken London by storm and now serves its Venetian delicacies in three different locations. The name describes the place perfectly - 'a humble restaurant serving simple food and local wines'. It couldn't be more spot on. The relaxed atmosphere is what I like most about Polpo. Friendly staff from the moment you walk in serving warming and delicious foods that silences a table...
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  1. Published : Tuesday, 3 December 2013

    Nomface :: Polpo, London

    On a cold Friday night after visiting the opening weekend of Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park we were looking forward to a bowl of hot ramen at Tonkotsu in Soho. Especially after nearly freezing to death in the -12C temperatures of the ice kingdom with wonderful ice sculptures. We knew we were chancing it on a busy Friday night but we didn't expect to be ignored by five members of staff who showed absolutely no interest in greeting us at the door. The scenes inside were not any better, one drunken customer was even slumped face down at one of the tables. This put us off greatly and we soon left shocked at the service or lack of. Shame really as I have since had a decent ramen at Tonkotsu East, recently opened in Haggerston...
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Essential Details for Polpo

  • Address: 41 Beak Street ,London W1F 9SB
  • Telephone: 020 7734 4479
  • Website: Visit Polpo
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 12N-11pm (Sun -4pm)
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Area: Soho
  • Price: £31.00
  • Wine: £17.00
  • Champagne: £66.00

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