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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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I have now been to Polpo twice – once for lunch and once for dinner. Situated just off Regent Street on Beak Street, Polpo boasts fantastic Italian tapas (chichetti) and an awesome decor to match. A number of well known critics have described it as walking in to a New York downtown restaurant and they are spot on. You cross the threshold and are immeadiately transported in to the meatpacking district with the bare brick walls and copper ceiling.
Stepping in to Polpo, you are greeted by a fantastic buzz coming from the main dining room and the few diners that have congregated at the bar to sip the great value cocktails and have some chichetti. Both at both lunch and dinner there was a mixed crowd, the sort of media type you expect in Soho but a few suits scattered around the room (myself included) and a few tables that hosted older generations, the sort you would expect to be dining the other side of Regent Street in Mayfair at the likes of Cecconi's or Harry's Bar and this is what bodes so well for Polpo.
For lunch, it is possible to book, which means if you only have an hour or so lunch break from work it works well. However, it is not possible to book, but in a way this means it somewhat easier to get a table but still expect a small wait.
Nevertheless, it is well worth the wait ! Russell Norman has clearly taken all his experience and skill from working in some of the best restaurants in the capital to set up this ‘bacaro’ that has very much filled a gap in the market.
The menu is easy to naviagate and enjoyable. To me, being able to pick half a dozen plates to share with your fellow diner is such a glorious way to eat. A few favourites are the arancini (mozarella and risotto fried balls), the anchovies and chick pea bruschetta and the parma ham with warm roasted pumpkin. But thinking about it, I could add a number of other dishes to my favourites such as the Polpette (veal meatballs with tomato sauce), the slow cooked pork and the squid…Plates vary from around £1.50 to £6.
It is a joy to eat at Polpo and the thing I love is the fact you can go in and have a carafe of wine and few plates and leave with a bill you would expect at Pizzaa Express, or spend more and still leave happy !
I will be returning very soon indeed !