Restaurants Reviews

Restaurant Review || Polpo

It’s pretty safe to say that over the past few years, the popularity of Polpo exploded. One Valentine’s Day several years ago, Sam managed to snag a coveted table for us from their one restaurant in London, which wasn’t taking reservations. Now there seems to be a Polpo on every corner of central London! But has it changed the deliciousness of Polpo?

Going back, there was one dish that I knew I had to order: the chickpea, spinach and ricotta “meatballs” (£6). I had had them last time I was there and they have haunted my dreams since. I loved them that much. Upon re-ordering them, they were just as good as I had remembered. Sam and I also shared a starter of grilled focaccia (£3) and some arancini (£4). The focaccia was fairly standard and the arancini was good, but not hearty enough for two to share. (In my opinion.) 

For mains, Sam had the crab and chili linguine (£8) which he said was the star of the meal for him. I had the chicken cotoletta with aioli (£7). My chicken was nice, if on the tiny bit dry side and it definitely needed that squeeze of lemon to zest it up a tiny bit, otherwise it would have been a bit flat. 

The service left a bit to be desired. It wasn’t busy by any means, but everything seemed a bit disorganised. So would I return to Polpo now that it’s spread? For dinner, maybe not. But I’d definitely pop in for appetisers and a drink (I recommend the aperol spritz) before moving on to something else later in the evening. 

And no matter what my other impressions of Polpo were, I shall continue to dream about those chickpea meatballs, because I love them so! 

polpo menu
dinning room
chickpea meatballsarancini
spinach and ricotta meatball
crab pasta

You can find Polpo in Soho, Chelsea, Notting Hill, Covent Garden, and Smithfield. 

Have you been before? Thoughts?

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