Saturday, June 08, 2013


Polpo is a Venetian bacaro (think Italian tapas) featuring small plates and little bites. There are three scattered about London. We went to the one in Soho. The place was tiny and bustling. The wait staff all dressed like seafaring folk and the tall ones knelt at your table to explain the menu and take your order. We snagged one of the last free tables and ordered negronis and a jug of red wine to start. All of the wines were presented by the glass, half carafe, or full carafe.

Polpo Sign


Since the menus were printed on the place mats, we could order throughout the meal.

Cauliflower and Prosciutto
We started with a special cicheti - prosciutto and cauliflower
We then proceeded to the bruschetta with cured meat, goat cheese, and a pickled pepper and  olive mix
Beef and pork meatballs were shared and enjoyed
Chilli and Garlic Prawns
Chilli and garlic prawns (yes, heads were still attached) were delightful. The shrimp were plump . I loved the kick of heat along with the garlic.
We finished our impromptu trip to Venice with Affogato al Caffe (vanilla ice cream with a shot of espresso poured over it). Just the right balance of bitter and sweet.

This place was noisy and very popular. We enjoyed the food and drink, but were glad to be free of other people's conversations.

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