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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)|
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Hearing all the buzz and hype about this restaurant made a couple of friends and myself a little more than desperate to have a taste for ourselves. So there we found ourselves, on a Friday night in the capital of impossible to get reservations without a reservation. It seemed like the perfect time to sample Polpo with its no reservations policy.
We hot footed it over to Beak St and walked through the welcoming doors. The wait, we were told, could be up to 40 mins, but since we were in no rush and needed an excuse to prolong our catch up we were more than happy to wait at the,(albeit crowded) bar. The bar space is small and busy but if you expect this then you won’t mind the odd treading of feet on your own toes! Prosecco (on tap) is served in small tumblers which is authentic but don’t expect to feel chic drinking out of one! Immediately you feel a since of friendliness with fellow diners. We shared pre dining banter (which resulted in pre dining drinks and nibbles) with 3 friendly city types. Had it have not been more difficult to get a table to seat all 7 of us we would have joined each other for dinner, but tables are small at Polpo and it was much easier to seat in our small groups.
Dishes are designed small (including cicheti), for the table to order lots and share between yourselves. We were so excited by the variety on offer that we ordered far too much, in the end having to balance water bottles, wine, plates of small Venetian delights and the rest on the small table. It would have been nice for the waitress to inform us that dishes would be brought out at the same time when ready so that we could have staggered our ordering. This was my major fault with Polpo.
From our choices the ones which stood out were the White anchovy, tapenade and egg cicheti, the broad bean, ricotta and mint bruschetta and the calfs liver, onions and sage (delicious!) but all were delicious. Just beware of ordering too many dishes!
Overall Polpo is a good choice for a buzzy casual meal with friends. Not one for a romantic date as it’s far too noisy and I don’t think your date would appreciate waiting at the bar for a seat before. If you appreciate good food then I would recommend going to Polpo.