Polpo Smithfield

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Polpo’s Smithfield branch is a ‘near replica’ of Russell Norman’s original Venetian-style bácaro in Soho – and that’s a good thing. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it seems to be the thinking behind the trendy brick-and-tile interiors, the downstairs Negroni bar and hip ‘small plates’ menu scrawled on rough paper. The result is a ‘kooky’ hangout that’s always jammed and ‘great for a date’. Sharing is the way to go, which means you can give the menu a decent workout: start with ‘cicheti’ (small snacks) and an Aperol spritz before dipping into super-delicious cuttlefish and ink risotto, subtle rabbit and chicory tonnata salad or whole mozzarella with a heap of perfect broad beans. To finish, order the flourless orange cake or Nutella pizzette, plus another carafe of Italian wine (it’s that kind of place). You can book for lunch, but after 5pm it’s first come, first served.

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Polpo Smithfield

2-3 Cowcross Street ,London EC1M 6DR

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Tasty bites

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Jan 2017

Tempting menu, easy to over-order. Bill mounts up if you are too hungry. Great grilled vegetables, unimpressive meatballs in an impressive spicy sauce, good fennel salad. Not necessarily a place for a tête-à-tête as it's a bit noisy for that but I guess prefer it that way.

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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Polpo Smithfield

2-3 Cowcross Street ,London EC1M 6DR

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Very Good

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Aug 2016

The food tasted very good and the service was great. It was not cheap if you got three portions each (which is what they said to do if you were hungry but I am a heavy eater and I could not quite finish). But I felt the quality justified the prices.

Dean A.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 8

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Polpo Smithfield

2-3 Cowcross Street ,London EC1M 6DR

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Perfect chip off the old block

by   platinum reviewer (163)

Mar 2013

This branch of Polpo isn't just inspired by the original, it's a near replica. The mix of tables and bar stool eating is the same; the exposed brickwork meets reclaimed white Victorian toilet tiles are the same; there's even the same bijou downstairs bar room. Normally such cloning would have me sighing over the inevitable lust to which every successful restauranteur seems to succumb, to turn their little one-off independent gem into a branded chain. Gah. But for once, I won't complain, because Polpo...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 8

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