Another great little Italian restaurant, Polpo, is located in Soho just off the bustling Regent Street. It is a Venetian inspired “bacaro” which is typically a bar where you can stand and have a glass of wine or a few snacks. They have expanded upon this concept with a small seating area serving lunch and dinner. The menu consists of small plates meant to be shared, and the food is simple, classic and flavourful combinations. It is the ideal spot for a date for if the conversation is lagging at least you have the shared food dishes to talk about! Also the perfect spot when out shopping to pop in for something more substantial than a coffee.
Smoked salmon, horseradish & dill crostino (£2 each)
Chocolate Salami (£3) One of my favourite combinations is chorizo and dark chocolate sauce. I was intrigued by this item on the menu but sadly it was a dense chocolate batter shaped into the form of salami with nuts. Interesting but hard to make the mental leap past the salami…. and it not being salami.
41 Beak Street
London W1F 9SB
Telephone: 020 7734 4479
Hours: Monday to Saturday, lunch 12:00pm to 3:00pm and dinner 5:30pm to 11:00pm. Sunday (lunch only) from 12:00pm to 4:00pm (reservations are taken for lunch only, dinner is on first come first serve basis.)