Soho, Fitztrovia, Covent Garden

Polpo

Polpo

Italian | Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden

Small bites are big news as this Venetian bacaro demonstrates. The head chef here is Tom Olroyd, who was previously at Bocca di Lupo, London's last big Italian opening. Packed from pretty much the minute it opened, the tapas-style menu is clearly a hit with Londoners.

Restaurant details

Address: 
41 Beak Street, London
Nearest station: Oxford Circus
Telephone number: +44 (0) 20 7734 4479
More info: 
  • Outside seating (weather permitting)
  • Wheelchair access

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41 Beak Street, London

 

Critic reviews - total score 7 out of 10

Critics' score: 8
Jay Rayner Observer Estimated score
Reviewed on January 17, 2010
"...a restaurant in the capital which doesn't feel like it's trying to knee you in the groin while lifting your wallet ought to be praised." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 7
Jasper Gerard Telegraph
Reviewed on December 31, 2009
"...the food might be traditional Venetian, but it is funkily packaged as tapas." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 8
Celia Plender View London
Reviewed on December 11, 2009
"Polpo has a relaxed style and unashamedly simple, tasty menu." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 8.5
Zoe Williams Telegraph
Reviewed on December 11, 2009
"It’s like food, only smaller, more exciting, a greater likelihood of things being deep-fried, altogether better." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 8
AA Gill Sunday Times
Reviewed on November 15, 2009
"This is simply the best value in the West End, in a charming room." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 7
Giles Coren Times
Reviewed on November 07, 2009
"But I had a lovely time. Max got it bang on with a text the following morning that read: “Great dinner, despite the food.” " READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 6
Zoe Strimpel City AM Estimated score
Reviewed on October 27, 2009
"Dishes are inexpensive and it’s lovely to feel thoroughly un-ripped off. The result, though, is that quality is hit and miss." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 8
Toby Young Independent
Reviewed on October 25, 2009
"The croquette was a little bit ordinaire, but the chicken liver on crostini was excellent, as was the pork belly and the ciambella (ring cake), which was drenched in chocolate sauce." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 6
Marina O'Loughlin Metro
Reviewed on October 07, 2009
"It reminds me of similar joints in New York – Bacaro in Chinatown, maybe – more than places in Venice. If anything, it's like a chic, Soho take on (whisper it) Jamie's Italian." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 8
"Richard & Peter" Harden's Estimated score
Reviewed by October 05, 2009
"It isn’t just the styling, of course... which is responsible for the crush, but also the much-complimented food. Not that the cuisine is in any way astonishing, it’s just that it is generally very well done, and amazingly, well, useful." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 6
David Sexton Evening Standard
Reviewed on October 01, 2009
"Would a Venetian judge Polpo to be wholly authentic as a neighbourhood joint? Maybe not — but maybe partly because it is, in some ways, too serious, even too good." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 8
Guy Dimond Time Out
Reviewed on October 01, 2009
"The terse menu descriptions and archaic typeface echo St John. And the procession of small, flavour-packed dishes are very reminiscent of Bocca di Lupo, just a few streets away." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 6
Dos Hermanos Dos Hermanos Estimated score
Reviewed on October 24, 2009
"Despite a few misgivings I enjoyed myself at Polpo." READ REVIEW

 
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