I recently had dinner at the Covent Garden, Maiden Lane branch of Polpo. Described as a Venetian bacaro – a simple, modest eatery. Polpo offers an enticing selection of Venetian style tapas. The restaurant feels authentic and unique with twinkles of candlelight, distressed walls and an intimate Venetian bar both upstairs and downstairs.
I loved not being over-faced with a mound of food and instead being able to sample bite-sized portions of many different dishes.
We started with an aperitif of an Aperol and a Campari spritz - bitter, yet refreshing and served with a plump green olive.
I honestly could have ordered everything on the menu, but instead we ordered the arancini, the potato and parmesan crocchette, a spicy clam and wild garlic pizzetta, some lamb and mint meat balls, the braised scallops with pancetta and peas and the asparagus with broad beans, peas and mint.
The pizzettes were light, but rich, oozing in flavour and the arancini balls were warm and comforting. They brought my homemade leftover risotto balls to shame!
Everything comes in sets of twos or threes, and pretty quickly so it seems an ideal spot for a pre-theatre meal for two in the West End.
Regrettably I didn't order dessert - how very unlike me! However, I have been heavily recommended the tiny tiramisu pots and mini gelato cones, and I now have the Polpo cookbook so I'll have to give it a go.
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