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|Address:||6 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7NA|
|Tel:||020 7836 8448|
|Price: £45.00||Wine: £18.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sat 12N-12M (Sun -10.30pm)|
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Like recent reviewer Finbar T, I am in love with Venice, having spent a year or two in the Veneto area in my yoof. Reading his review though I am worried my memories are rose-tinted and inaccurate because unlike him I LOVE the Polpo mini-chain! Maybe that's because I'm not thinking of the restaurants as wannabe replicas of the Venetian bacaro, as I agree they don't transport me back to those foggy canals, but rather as purveyors of simply tasty grub. This Covent Garden version sticks to the Polpo formula with paper menus, exposed brickwork and a long metal-topped bar which is where I sat with my friend for a recent casual catch up lunch. I am still mourning the disappearance of the inky risotto from the menu but I enjoyed our pick'n'mix meal, in particular the arancini rice balls, the mixed fried fish (although more calamari, less whitebait would be welcome in my world) and the rabbit in ragu sauce. For me it was still great tasting food at a reasonable price in an unpretentious easy-come easy-go atmosphere at a very convenient location. I'm pleased, but surprised, it wasn't busier on a weekend in consumer paradise. Perhaps shoppers don't make it down these little off-the-beaten-track side streets; so is this Polpo at least authentic in its inaccessibility?! I am going back to Venice for our first wedding anniversary in a few weeks time; fingers crossed it will be as good as I remember and better than Polpo. Thanks for the Harry's Dolci recommendation and in exchange let me tell you mine: Paradiso Perduto tucked away in Cannaregio on Fondamenta della Misericordia, still going strong 20 years after I first visited apparently!