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22 July 2014
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Polpettoone star

11 Berwick Street, London W1F 0PL

£40.00 Italian Soho
  • Wine: £18.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 12N-11pm (Sun -4pm)

Square Meal Review of Polpetto ?

Chef Florence Knight has been the breakout star of Russell Norman’s Polpo group and the relocation of Polpetto from a rickety room above the French House pub to standalone premises has been greeted with more excitement than the usual chain expansion. It helps that Knight is a Soho local who knows what switched-on urbanites want to eat: daintily portioned cavolo nero and croûtons in a toothsome anchovy dressing was a standout from the short menu when we visited, ably supported by scallops with cauliflower purée and silky lardo, hare pappardelle and maple tart – although quirkier ideas such as pickled parsley root and wet polenta have more limited appeal. There’s a snappy Italian wine list too, though Aperol- and Campari-based cocktails are an equally good match for the food, while the narrow, gently lit dining room has a charm that the hipster staff sometimes lack.

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  1. Polpetto

    11 Berwick Street, London W1F 0PL
    Overall rating:
     
    David H.

    Its back- and I was delighted to hear it

      Gold Reviewer  (37)

     
    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 6
    • Atmosphere: 6
    • Value: 7

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  1. Restaurateur Russell Norman has said several times ‘In a restaurant, service is as important, if not more so, than food. You can rescue an average food experience with excellent service, but no amount of good food will rescue a bad service experience.’ It couldn’t be more true and it’s a quote that we often recall when visiting a restaurant that fails to deliver on one or the other. A good friend, Keith, kindly offered to take me out for my birthday. This isn’t something that happens to me often (not talking about you Keith, I mean in general). These offers are tricky, you can’t choose somewhere too expensive and it should be somewhere the person that’s paying would enjoy too, well I think so anyway. Like me, Keith’s a big fan of the Polpo group and Florence Knight‘s newly relocated Polpetto had been on my list for several years. So after a lengthy social media poll, that was where I decided upon...
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  2. Published : Friday, 25th April 2014

    Wrap Your Lips Around This :: Polpetto

    The credit for the rise of the no-reservation, sharing-plate, shabby-chic contingent of restaurants must go to Russell Norman, also a pioneer in the concept of Italian tapas. His first restaurant (Polpo) opened in 2009 closely followed by Polpetto, Spuntino, Mishkins, and Ape and Bird. Polpetto charmed diners from 2010-12 in Soho and is back in new premises on Berwick Street. If the hustling queues outside Normans restaurants are anything to go by (try getting a table at Polpo at a reasonable eating time, I dare you), then this new restaurant format is a clear winner. Until recently, Norman beavered away at the restauranting business behind the scenes. This year, the BBC show ‘The Restaurant Man’ sees him sharing his wisdom with novice restaurateurs. In one scene, Norman attempts to motivate one flagging wannabe with an insight into the thought and detail which goes into restaurant design. At Polpetto, we see the fruits of his meticulous examinations in the form of pressed tin ceilings, neat fold-away bar stools and carefully draped lamp shades...
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  3. Published : Thursday, 17th April 2014

    Stuff by Sofia :: Polpetto (let’s go again)

    It was the Italian Saturday. We had been to The Glamour of Italian Fashion and we were about to die of hunger. I had heard really good things about an Italian around Soho but seeing how it was all booked (pre-theatre dinner anyone?) we decided to try somewhere else. Browsing on my phone I remembered having read nice things about Polpetto (couldn’t remember what things) and so we headed that way...
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  4. Published : Sunday, 13th April 2014

    The Hedonist :: Polpetto – Review

    Russell Norman is one of London’s most intriguing restaurateurs. You may have seen him in his BBC2 series, The Restaurant Man, in which he uses his considerable charm to try to imbue novices in the game with a little common sense. He built his reputation as Operations Director for the Caprice Group and since then has created a small but perfectly formed group of restaurants in the West End ranging from Spuntino, a New York-style Italian joint, to Mishkins, a faux Jewish deli-style restaurant. The beating heart of the operation is Soho’s Polpo, styled as a Venetian bacaro, which launched the trend for highly stylised small plate eating. They are fun, buzzy places with distinct identities and have helped define the London scene over the last few years. Polpetto, a younger sibling of Polpo, opened in the legendary dining space on top of the rather louche French House pub in Dean Street. At the stove was the chef Florence Knight whose food soon met with wide critical acclaim. Now moved to larger premises in Berwick St, reviews have ranged between the adulatory and the average so I thought I should see for myself...
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  5. Today the spotlight is on the clam. Particularly the ones in the newly opened Polpetto in Soho: fiddly to get to and salty to taste, slightly sweet on the chew and enveloped in a thin coating of sauce (crème fraiche with wilted wild garlic). The fingers of focaccia are torn off to mop up the juices and collect the flecks of wild garlic flowers. The second best dish consists of slivers of cauliflower with the edges browned and wizened, a sculptural shard next to plump scallops, and hidden under the folded fat that is lardo. All on a cream-coloured purée of truffled cauliflower, which is utterly moreish...
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  6. Originally established in 2010 on Dean Street, Polpetto, has made a comeback after a two closure, in its now larger premises on Berwick Street. Polpetto is a bàcaro - a Venetian word to describe a humble restaurant serving simple food, and good, young local wines. We arrived early on a Saturday evening to avoid the crowds, and were comfortably seated in our cosy little cubicle at the back of the restaurant. The place is low lit, with quaint bar tables lined at the front along the side at the bar area, and dining tables along the back...
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  7. Published : Monday, 31st March 2014

    S.W. Foodie :: Polpetto

    One of my best boys is literally down the road from my place of work and luckily is into food (and restaurants) as much as I am (possibly even more so!). It was a Friday and wanting to treat ourselves (and ourselves lucky if we were to get in) we popped down to the newly reopened 'Polpetto' for a spot of lunch. Luck happened to be on our side and we arrived just before the Polpetto rush at 12:30pm and were seated straight away at the bar. Another place to be inspired by décor the ceiling is stunning (one can only dream!) and like her sister restaurants it's stripped back, bare and basic goodness!...
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  8. Published : Monday, 31st March 2014

    Life of a Londoner... :: Polpetto

    One of my best boys is literally down the road from my place of work and luckily is into food (and restaurants) as much as I am (possibly even more so!). It was a Friday and wanting to treat ourselves (and very lucky if we were to get in) we popped down to the newly reopened 'Polpetto' for a spot of lunch. Luck happened to be on our side and we arrived just before the Polpetto rush at 12:30pm and were seated straight away at the bar. Another place to be inspired by décor the ceiling is stunning (one can only dream!) and like her sister restaurants it's stripped back, bare and basic goodness!...
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  9. Polpetto is set to re-open its doors after a small hiatus. After the original venue proved to small and the restaurant’s 23 seats were always oversubscribed. Polpetto occupied the first floor of the French House pub on Dean Street for two years with Florence Knight at the helm. During that time it attracted critical acclaim (“amazingly good… flawless… perfect” – The Telegraph) and gained a massive following of fans. Florence Knight returns to the London dining scene as executive head chef of the new Polpetto on Berwick Street, which opened on the 10th February 2014. She will to continue to showcase her unique brand of meticulous seasonality and simplicity...
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  10. Published : Sunday, 16th February 2014

    Samphire and Salsify :: Polpetto, Soho

    When Polpetto originally opened in a tiny room above the French House on Dean Street in Soho, it was my favourite restaurant. I remember osso buco and a steak salad with truffle dressing; the food was always brilliant. When it closed I was rather shocked, as I thought it would be there forever. Luckily for me however, Russell Norman (he’s The Restaurant Man on BBC2, if you’ve been watching) has re-opened this Venetian restaurant serving small plates, round the corner on Berwick Street. It was a small and fairly narrow space but beautifully done out. There was a bar with ingenious stool seats that pull out and tuck away (you’ll see what I mean) at the front and very tightly packed tables out the back, with a few more downstairs opposite the open kitchen. During our Saturday lunch time visit the atmosphere was very pleasant indeed – chilled and relaxed...
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Essential Details for Polpetto

  • Address: 11 Berwick Street, London W1F 0PL
  • Telephone: 020 7439 8627
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 12N-11pm (Sun -4pm)
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Area: Soho
  • Price: £40.00
  • Wine: £18.00

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