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|Address:||41 Beak Street, London W1F 9SB|
|Tel:||020 7734 4479|
|Price: £31.00||Wine: £17.00||Champagne: £66.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sat 12N-11pm (Sun -4pm)|
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
I never understood what all the fuss over Polpo was about. Bloggers and writers everywhere paying homage to a simple little Venetian Baccaro-style joint in Soho, elevating it's status to a greatly undeserved cult-like entity. Packed beyond all human reason, despite having a booking, we were kept waiting a good 25 minutes past our reservation time. Food is nothing special, lots of haphazardly prepared dishes, slapped onto lscruffy little white plates. No exciting flavours, nothing out of the ordinary in fact and essentially overpriced for what you are being given. Carluccios, whilst not a Baccaro by any means, seem to offer better ‘Polpette’ meatballs and ‘Arancini’ then Polpo does and value is marginally better too. Tables are rickety and cramped, as you sit virtually shoulder to shoulder with other patrons, allowing you little room to breath. So I genuinely find it hard to understand how Polpo has been such a hit since day one. It just goes to show that we Londoners will always be influenced by what we read and won't let the small matter of ‘experience’ influence our decisions. Either way, personally, it is an experience I can largely live without having to repeat.