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Saturday Soho Lunch Club – Polpo

Mr Silver took a back seat this weekend as I was reunited with two of my lovely friends who I met on a course a few year ago. Traze lives in Bristol and so we don’t get to see each other often. The third member of our tripartite, Jess, lives just outside London and we get together for lunch as often as possible, but it was fantastic to have a reunion of all three of us.
Our reunion was the perfect excuse for my next Saturday Soho Lunch Club. The venue of choice?
Polpo! A restaurant in Beak Street that has been on my list of places to go for about five years…
 A word meaning Octopus.
 Polpo is Russell Norman’s take on a Venetian Bacaro serving small plates of delicious Italian favourites.
The interior of Polpo is shabby chic with rough wooden floors and tables and exposed brick walls; the effect is rustic, laid back and inviting.
 There’s also a chilled out Campari bar downstairs.
 In an Italian, I love ordering a bottle of Prosecco, which I find (almost) as enjoyable as champagne. Polpo even have their own brand of the Italian fizz!
 Wine cracked open, we chose a few different plates to share.
 Polpo offer a choice of meatballs and we chose the spicy pork and fennel, these were tasty with a rich and piquant sauce.
 Frito misto was lightly battered and crunchy! A tasty dish that would have been enhanced with an accompanying aioli or tartare sauce.
 Our favourite dish, pizzette with tenderstem broccoli, chilli and garlic. Perfectly crunchy base and gooey cheese.
 Prosciutto, mozzarella and basil bruschetta. Another hit!
‘You can’t go wrong with melted cheese on bread’ said Traze. Definitely a truism!
 Finally, from the cicheti selection, some arancini. The chef at Polpo is a little heavy handed with the salt but it didn’t spoil the food for us.
The meal at Polpo was delicious comfort food and perfect for myself and my foodie friends. I’m definitely looking forward to trying the recently reopened Polpetto, the sister restaurant to Polpo, soon.
41 Beak Street
020 7734 4479
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  • Italian food is definitely my favourite and like you love Prosecco. This restaurant looks nice x

    • You just can't go wrong with Italian food. Polpo was a real hit with the girls!
      Lots of love,

  • Wow this looks so yummy! Your blog is great, I love Soho so it's so great reading about it though someone else's eyes!
    Beth x


    • Thank you so much, I'm really glad that you like it!! The food was amazing, I find new places in Soho all the time!
      Lots of love,

  • Looks gorgeous! One thing I don't miss about London is how some restaurants insist on squeezing in as many people as possible so you end up sitting on top of the table next to you … used to drive me mad! Especially when you get up to leave, if you're not careful you can swing round and take out the table next to you!

    • The food was amazing! Yes, the restaurant was pretty packed and the tables were really close together. I find that especially in Soho, I guess the restaurants are in quite old buildings and they're all long and narrow. I did nearly knock someone's drink when I squeezed through!!
      Lots of love,

  • You definitely cannot go wrong with melted cheese! The food all lots lovely, I will definitely have to check this place out!

    • It was lovely and so nice to be reunited with my friends!! Check it out there's a few others round London too!
      Lots of love,

  • Looks lovely – I prefer smaller dishes to large ones, plus who doesn't like some fizz at lunch!

    I have a couple new posts up and a giveaway to win D&G Sunglasses, if you would like to catch up on my latest posts xx


    • I love small plates and tapas style eating; it just means that you get to try more and a greater variety! I will check out your latest posts now!
      Lots of love,

  • I really did nottt rate this place – through all the hype, the food was meh, and the service bad!

    • I'm sorry you didn't have a good experience there. It was absolutely packed with people and I think the staff struggled to keep up. However, they were really friendly and helpful.

  • I couldn't think of this restaurant until I saw the logo – love the octopus!

    Never actually heard anything about this place, but sounds like it's worth a look in.

    Hmm maybe…

    • The octopus seems kind of random but it works cos its unique! Take a look! If you go, aim for a lunch time as they don't take reservations in the evening.
      Lots of Love,

  • So interesting to hear what you thought about Polpo – I have to say that out of Sputino, Polpetto and Polpo, Polpo's my least favorite… I just found all the food a litte heavy to be honest. It wasn't bad, just not amazing (and I'd also waited a long time to go there, so expectations were high!!)

    Rosie xx

    • There definitely seems to be mixed reviews of the place. What did you think of Polpo and Sputino? Both are on my list of places to visit.

    • Sputino is my fav – I just love the decor, the bar and most importantly the food blows any of the others out the water, with Polpetto a VERY close 2nd….

    • Good to know!! Right, next stop Sputino!!

  • mmm this food all looks yummy! love that they have their own bottle!

    Katie <3

    • The food was really good! A had a day off from healthy eating after being so good that week!! I love the Octopus bottle!

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