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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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Had dinner here on a Saturday evening. No bookings taken so the expected wait of 30-40 minutes was not a surprise but it wasn't a problem, we had a drink at the bar. It's small but not uncomfortable. The maitre d' was a perfect combination of being in command of a packed bar and restaurant while still being warm and friendly – very impressive in such a busy venue on a Saturday night.
The food is imaginative and well-cooked but was served way too cold – I understand the chichetti concept but the style of dishes on the menu deserve to be served at a decent temperature to allow one to enjoy them to their fullest. Having a decent wine list and then forcing customers to drink out of tumblers is not cute or trendy, just ill-judged. Yes, by all means serve basic vino this way but if one is paying decent money for a bottle (and there are bottles up to 70 quid each) then I'd like to enjoy it in a decent glass please.
The music is rock and it is loud. My companion and I noticed that we were a lot older than most diners (we're late 40's, most others were in their 30's) so we had a wry smile about it but it's a shame that the management can't see that a little less volume would not harm its ambition to be edgy, urban and cool whilst making the experience much more pleasant.
The staff were, without exception, brilliant. Charming, efficient, friendly and professional. I'd go back if in Soho but wouldn't necessarily make a special trip to Polpo. Maybe I'm just too old!!!