Polpo
Cuisine: Italian
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Verdict based on 14 critic, 2 blogger and 2 user reviews and awards
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Address: 41 Beak Street, London W1F 9SB

Website: Visit restaurant website

Telephone: +44 20 7734 4479

The original Polpo in Soho with branches now in Covent Garden and Smithfield. The restaurant is inspired by Venetian eateries offering small plates.

This restaurant has been awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand

Latest reviews of Polpo Soho

Observer Food Monthly Awards

Observer Food Monthly, Awards

28 April 2013

Selected as one of Observer Food Monthly’s ’20 Best Restaurants of the Decade’: “It’s the kind of effortless cool that takes serious work. Better still, it heralded the arrival of a whole group…”

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Time_Out

Time Out Editors, Time Out

18 October 2011

Brown paper menus and chunky tumblers for wine glasses underline the sense of squatter chic, as does sharing small plates of unfussy food…

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Gourmet Chick

Cara Waters, Gourmet Chick

14 June 2010

Making a strong argument for being dish of the night was the broad bean bruschetta. Slices of bright green bean were the perfect complement to creamy ricotta and a hit of mint…

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jay_rayner

Jay Rayner, The Observer

17 January 2010

Strips of cuttlefish in its own ink, crusted with gremolata, was black in the way Darth Vader’s helmet was black. It sucked the light out of the room, looked like the sort of thing only people deranged by hunger might eat. But oh, was it worth it…

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What the Critics say

Observer Food Monthly Awards

Observer Food Monthly, Awards

28 April 2013

Selected as one of Observer Food Monthly’s ’20 Best Restaurants of the Decade’: “It’s the kind of effortless cool that takes serious work. Better still, it heralded the arrival of a whole group…”

Read full review »
Time_Out

Time Out Editors, Time Out

18 October 2011

Brown paper menus and chunky tumblers for wine glasses underline the sense of squatter chic, as does sharing small plates of unfussy food…

Read full review »
jay_rayner

Jay Rayner, The Observer

17 January 2010

Strips of cuttlefish in its own ink, crusted with gremolata, was black in the way Darth Vader’s helmet was black. It sucked the light out of the room, looked like the sort of thing only people deranged by hunger might eat. But oh, was it worth it…

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JasperGerard

Jasper Gerard, The Telegraph

31 December 2009

I was so enjoying the lively New York-style atmosphere that I wasn’t counting the tumblers of red. Even the limited wine list failed to irritate as I dug stoically through a pile of cotechino sausage with Savoy cabbage and a dollop of mustard…

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zoe_williams

Zoe Williams, The Telegraph

11 December 2009

It’s a big, epicurious heart – I’ll be coming back the minute I’m cooler and more beautiful, to try everything else…

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AA_Gill

AA Gill, The Sunday Times

15 November 2009

There is a particularly good duck with peppercorns and olives, pork belly with radicchio and hazelnut, a mackerel tartare and cuttlefish with gremolata. Vegetables include fennel with cobnuts. All this is well constructed…

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giles_coren

Giles Coren, The Times

7 November 2009

I had a lovely time. Max got it bang on with a text the following morning that read: “Great dinner, despite the food.”…

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Zoe_Strimpel

Zoe Strimpel, City A.M.

27 October 2009

Dishes are inexpensive and it’s lovely to feel thoroughly un-ripped off. The result, though, is that quality is hit and miss. But in a place like this, figuring out what works is half the fun – and it won’t break the bank to make the odd mistake…

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toby_young

Toby Young, The Independent

25 October 2009

Surely the most impressive thing was how quickly all the plates came out of the kitchen. I arrived at 12.45pm and was wiping the final crumb of ciambella off my lips at 1.25pm…

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metro

Marina O'Loughlin (Metro), Metro

7 October 2009

Expect queues, a bill that’s higher than you’d anticipated and a decent dinner with a healthy dose of people-watching. But not the Second Coming…

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hardens

Richard & Peter, Harden's

5 October 2009

The cicheti (Italian tapas) are very tasty, as well as remarkably economical. The highlight for us (lunching in the singular) was a delicious pile of green tapenade on a piece of toasted bread, but arancini (rice balls) also satisfied…

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RichardVines

Richard Vines, Bloomberg

4 October 2009

The chopped chicken liver (1.20 pounds) is my favorite single dish, though the wild-mushroom flatbread (piadina) comes close. Another winner is the mackerel tartare with cucumber and horseradish with carta di musica — paper-thin crispbread…

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Nicholas Lander, Financial Times

2 October 2009

Cicheti are the quintessential Venetian snack. (…)At Polpo they include chopped chicken livers; sprats in a sour sauce; salt cod; mortadella sausage, gorgonzola and walnut; and figs, prosciutto and mint. At less than £2 each, the portions are surprisingly generous…

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davidsexton

David Sexton, Evening Standard

1 October 2009

All the main fishy stuff was just as good. Most memorable was cuttlefish served in its own ink (£6.20), one of those really thrilling tastes of the sea, deep and intense, covered in a thick black goo, which went wonderfully well with an excellent plate of loose wet polenta…

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What the Bloggers say

Gourmet Chick

Cara Waters, Gourmet Chick

14 June 2010

Making a strong argument for being dish of the night was the broad bean bruschetta. Slices of bright green bean were the perfect complement to creamy ricotta and a hit of mint…

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Andy_Hayler

Andy Hayler, andyhayler.com

21 November 2009

Wild mushroom piadina was a dish involving a pizza flour base that is fried instead of baked, filled with a variety of nicely cooked wild mushrooms.  The base itself was slightly overcooked…

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